Police to pressure parties
By DARREN COYNE
TWEED police will increase patrols around a block of units in Cabarita this weekend after wild parties have terrorised residents in recent weeks. The Daily News reported yesterday that residents were living in fear after groups of up to 40 young people converged on the units after two teenaged girls had moved in. Last weekend a neighbour of the girls, one of which is believed to be the niece of the owner of the apartments, was assaulted after complaining about noise. Police said yesterday they are investigating the assault allegations, and will increase patrols this weekend to ensure there is no repeat of the antisocial behaviour. However, residents still remain fearful that the young people may return this weekend. Tweed duty officer Inspector Darren Steel said police attended the units last weekend after receiving a complaint from residents and officers estimated up to 40 young people had gathered. "The first call came shortly before 10pm and we had a vehicle there at 10.20pm," Insp Steel said. "When police arrived there was certainly a large number of people around the units behaving in a disorderly manner. They were moved on by the police. Insp Steel said officers had also spoken with the two teenage girls living at the units regarding guests who were either invited or uninvited. It's understood that the owner of the apartment occupied by the girls has issued them with an eviction notice which takes effect next Wednesday. The owner also apologised to other residents in the apartment block. Residents have also asked the real estate agents which look after the apartments to ensure that security lighting and doors are fixed before the weekend. Inspector Steel said police were aware of ongoing problems with drunken youths along the Tweed coast strip and were allocating resources to deal with the problem.