Vandals on MP's forum agenda

MURWILLUMBAH"S grow- ing wave of petty crime and vandalism has prompted state politician Thomas George to call an urgent% public meeting to discuss law and order in the town. Mr George, the state MP for Lismore whose electorate includes Murwillumbah, yes- terday announced the public meeting to be held on Tues- day week in the Murwillum- bah Services Club imme- diately after a business chamber breakfast. The region's top cop, Tweed-Bryon area comman- --------------- --------------- der Superintendent Michael Kenny has been asked by Mr George to attend the meeting to discuss "police responses to the problem". The move follows growing alarm in Murwillumbah over a wave of vandalism, violence and late-night fires which last year mainly involved vandals setting wheelie bins ablaze in the CBD. The petty crime has spread to other areas of the town and recently saw pine trees in front of All Saints Anglican Church set alight. --------------- --------------- Yesterday Murwillumbah and District Business Cham- ber president Phil Younglutt welcomed the public forum, saying the growing problems of crime in the town had to be put in the political arena to get some action. "We have been in touch with Thomas George over this," he said. "We know the police minis- ter refuses to give us more police up here. The ultimate solution is 24-hour policing for Murwillumbah, but with- out the extra police they just --------------- --------------- can't do it." Mr Youngblutt warned that unless the growing problem was stamped on quickly by a heavier police presence it would become even harder to control. Mr George said he would host the Community Law and Order Forum at the services club from 8.30am on Tuesday, February 5, following the monthly business chamber breakfast meeting. "It has become apparent in the last few months that members of the Mur- --------------- --------------- willumbah community are fed-up with the level of anti- social behaviour, vandalism and petty crime in the town," Mr George said. --------------- --------------- "As a result, I am extending an open invitation to indivi- duals, business owners and local organisations to come together and discuss options for solving the problem. "I invite any member of the Murwillumbah community concerned about these issues to come and have their voice heard at the forum." Wardens at the All Saints Anglican church, meanwhile, are still worried arsonists who torched two pencil pines will return to try to "finish them off". And neighbours near the church have removed other pencil pines as a precaution.



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