Secord ‘shocked’ by near abductions

WALT Secord, shadow minister for the North Coast, where police have recently ramped up investigations into missing three-year-old William Tyrell, has said the number of near-abductions on the Tweed is "shocking".

"The scale of the problem is shocking and shows there could be a systematic pattern," hesaid.

Federal Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said she "strongly supports" the call for CCTV but would not commit funding. She blamed the problem on a shortage of police officers.

"If there aren't enough resources, the whole community suffers," shesaid.

March figures showed the command's strength was 181 officers, 17 fewer than in February 2012.

However Mr Provest said the 2012 figures were inaccurate.

"(Superintendent Stuart) Wilkins has assured me that sufficient police resources are available and being used," he said.

"(Stats) show 16 of the 17 major crime categories across the Tweed electorate have either remained stable or are trending down in the two years to December 2014."



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