POLICE RAID BANORA PARK
By ED SOUTHORN
RESIDENTS can start to feel the Banora Point caravan park is a little safer after police yesterday recovered two deadly weapons, according to the Tweed's top cop Michael Kenny.
A baseball bat with a large kitchen knife taped to the end, a second baseball bat and a separate large kitchen knife were found yesterday morning after police from the Tweed/Byron Target Action Group executed a search warrant at the park's caretaker office.
Two men were charged in connection with the weapons and police late yesterday were waiting on a bail hearing dealing with the charges, relating to alleged offences at the park.
Each man is charged with aggravated breaking and entering with intent to commit an felony, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and affray.
The latest arrests come after a couple from the Banora Point Caravan Park were arrested earlier this month and charged with 67 offences relating to breaking and entering and stealing goods worth up to $150,000.
"We feel we are targeting the right people to reduce violence and the fear of violence," Superintendent Kenny told the Daily News.
He said yesterday's weapons recovery and charges were a "good outcome" for the local community and police would continue to pay close attention to the park.
Superintendent Kenny said he was working closely with government agencies to resolve ongoing problems at the park.
He said the crude home-made baseball bat weapons were extremely dangerous.
"Somebody has gone to some lengths to fashion weapons to intimidate or inflict serious harm," he said.
Tweed/Byron Crime Manager, Inspector Greg Carey, said police would continue to work closely with the local community in resolving problems at the park.
Long-term Banora Point Caravan Park resident Len Hogg said police action at the park had certainly increased since Superintendent Kenny was posted to the Tweed.
"We had been extremely disappointed at the police lack of interest but now the signs are looking good," Mr Hogg said.