Neighbourhood Watch letter bogus

TWEED/Byron Police are asking people to be aware of a bogus Neighbourhood Watch letter currently circulating on the Tweed Coast.

Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said: “It has come to our attention that a bogus letter using Neighbourhood Watch branding has circulated in the Bogangar and Tweed Coast area.

“The letter makes a number of defamatory statements about individuals who live in the area and these comments are in no way supported by, or sourced from the NSW Police and Neighbourhood Watch.”

It is possible the author of these letters has committed criminal offences as well as opening themselves to possibility of civil litigation, both by the persons named in the letter as well as by the Neighbourhood Watch organisation, Snr Cnst Eppelstun said.

“Neighbourhood watch is about working with the community to help reduce crime and increase public knowledge in matters of crime prevention, it is not a platform through which personal vendettas and public witch hunts are conducted.

“The use of Neighbourhood Watch material to do this is simply unacceptable.”

If you receive a possible bogus letter, handle the letter as little as possible and contact the crime prevention office at Tweed Heads Police Station.

If any member of the public is aware of the source of these letters, or has information that may assist the investigation, Tweed police are asking they contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000, or the Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999.



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