Rock throwers targeted

CRIME Manager for the Tweed/Byron police command Inspector Greg Carey says action will be taken to curb the problem of vandals throwing rocks at cars in the Casuarina region following a Tweed Daily News report.

A front-page report in yesterday's Tweed Daily News told of how several Tweed residents have been lucky to escape serious injury after being pelted with rocks while driving along Tweed Coast Road at night.

At least two drivers have had their car windows smashed, with one man suggesting the attacks could encourage vigilante action if they continued. Insp Carey said the topic had been brought up at past police meetings and that he had briefed officers stationed in the Kingscliff region about taking action, including conducting night patrols through the Casuarina area.

"We are aware of it and we are concerned about it," Insp Carey said.

He said police would also ask Tweed Shire Council to take a look at the supply of loose rocks near the corner of Barclay Drive after the Tweed Daily News published photographs of the place where the unknown culprits are likely to be finding their ammunition.

"We will be contacting council within the week with a view to having them take a look at that area and try and do the best they can to minimise the availability of these rocks and reduce the opportunity for people to use them to propel at either cars or people." Meanwhile, Insp Carey warned motorists to remain vigilant when driving along Tweed Coast Road at night.

"I don't want to cause immense fear in the community, but certainly be mindful of it and if you see people out and about in that area at night call the police straight away so we can get out there and identify them."

Anyone with information on the spate of rock-throwing attacks should contact Tweed Heads police on (07) 5536 0999.



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