Kelly gang fails to find a cop

EVEN the New South Wales Police Minister has trouble finding a police officer in Murwillumbah.

When Tony Kelly visited the Tweed on Friday he decided to make an unannounced visit to the Murwillumbah police station, but unfortunately for him the station was closed.

The three officers staffing the station that afternoon are understood to have been out on an operation when Mr Kelly made the visit.

He could only leave a card to let them know he had visited.

Tweed MP Geoff Provest, who has long campaigned for more police numbers, said Mr Kelly should now understand how locals felt on a daily basis, with the Kingscliff and Murwillumbah stations regularly closed.

“I just shake my head in disbelief,” Mr Provest said.

“Mr Kelly now understands first hand the frustrations of people in Tweed.”

A spokesperson for Mr Kelly said yesterday the police were out in the field.

“It is good to see the police are out doing their job and not sitting around behind their desks,” the spokesman said.

The spokesman added that crime rates on the Tweed were “pretty solid”.

But Mr Provest said extra officers were needed, especially with the recent rise in incidents - like the recent Australia Day Pottsville Riot and last weekend's late night Murwillumbah brawl.



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