Ready to roll
TWEED police have a new weapon in the fight against crime with the launch of an all-terrain vehicle.
The $21,000 vehicle, designed to go onto beaches and around parklands and festival grounds, was launched during an educational program run by police and Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch on Friday at Tweed City Shopping Centre.
Sergeant Mal Kentwell, who was in charge of introducing the vehicle to the Tweed, said its first major role would be Byron Bluesfest at Easter.
Inspector Bobbie Cullen said it would improve the command's capabilities of responding to crime.
The public checked out the new vehicle on Friday and also took advantage of the free installation of tamper-resistant number plate screws.
Crime prevention officer Senior Constable Brad Foster said number plate theft was linked to, but not isolated to, fail-to-pay offences at service stations.
"Tweed Heads ... has had a problem with the theft of number plates," Snr Cnst Foster said. Tweed Valley Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator Gordon Levenson said registration plate theft had been an ongoing issue throughout the region. Volunteers had used the day to educate the public about Neighbourhood Watch.