Wanting action: Safer Communities Alliance member John Murray described youth gangs as “gutless cowards”.
Wanting action: Safer Communities Alliance member John Murray described youth gangs as “gutless cowards”. Crystal Spencer

Crime rate worse than real figures

A LARGE number of the area’s assaults are not reported to police, according to the Safer Communities Alliance (SCA).

Comments made online on a story about a Banora Point father who was attacked by a youth gang showed many crimes in the area were not reported.

“The Safer Community Alliance believe there would be a large number of incidents unreported,” SCA founder Simon Nance said. “Mostly due to the police not having the resources to follow it up and people having less and less faith in them from the start.”

Mr Nance said reporting every incident, no matter how small, to the police was crucial.

“I’ve spoken to at least half a dozen parents in the Banora area that did not want any reporting done to police.”

He mentioned one example where a boy lied to the hospital about his injuries to receive treatment.

SCA member John Murray described the youths who attacked Paul Tansley on early Saturday morning as “gutless cowards”.

“It’s another sickening example of how we’ve lost control of the streets up here.”

Last month Mr Murray, a former Tweed Shire Councillor, was attacked from behind just metres from the border. Coolangatta police officers could not pursue Mr Murray’s attacker because he fled into New South Wales.

“Like many in the community, it doesn’t matter what side of the border you’re on, I have become disgusted by what is happening on our streets.

“We have gangs of youths roaming the streets and bashing innocent victims.

“And these gutless cowards have got to be dealt with.”

Since his assault at Point Danger, Mr Murray said Queensland police had advised him Special Constable training had been taken on as a priority.

“But I’m disappointed the out-of-hours blue phone has a response time of four minutes.

“I was very heartened to hear Jann Stuckey pushing for a 24-hour counter police station in Coolangatta.”

Mr Murray is also calling for improvements on the other side of the border.

“A person pulled me up in the street and said ‘I want to be part of any vigilante action against these kids’.

“That’s a sign we don’t have enough police in Tweed Heads.

“Geoff Provest, you’re not doing what you said you would.”



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