Cameras will curb street crime, says cop

A $170,000 closed circuit television camera system to be installed in Murwillumbah soon will deter near riots such as the drunken fracas involving 100 youths last weekend.

That's the opinion of business chamber president and Tweed Shire councillor Phil Youngblutt and Murwillumbah-based police inspector Greg Jago, who both addressed a monthly business breakfast in the Murwillumbah Services Club yesterday.

Inspector Jago said police were still investigating the smashing of three shop windows as eight officers tried to disperse youths who gathered at the intersection of Wollumbin Street and Commercial Road early on Saturday morning.

Many were from a local football club.

He said police were trying to identify the people responsible for the damage “so reparations can be made to the business owners”, but hoped that would be easier in future once the CCTV cameras were installed.

He warned action would also be taken against the licensee of licensed premises nearby.

Yesterday, it was also revealed the Mustangs Football Club was investigating if any of its players were involved in the fracas.



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