Residents fed up with violent bashings in the Tweed at a rally last month.
Residents fed up with violent bashings in the Tweed at a rally last month.

TV show highlights policing issue

FILING a report on violent bashings and cross-border policing issues was all too familiar for former Tweed Heads resident Kieran Ricketts.

A reporter for ABC television program Hungry Beast, Mr Ricketts’ report on the issue aired last night and in it he talked about his own experience.

The 27-year-old was severely bashed in Coolangatta in 2007 and shared his pain of being unable to get assistance from either the Coolangatta or Tweed Heads Police on air.

“I was gang-bashed by five guys I’d never met in my life,” Mr Ricketts said.

“The Coolangatta Police Station was closed and the Tweed Heads Police just across the border weren’t interested in helping me.

“I had to drive for half an hour to find a Queensland police station that was open, and even though I could identify all of my offenders, it took a year for any charges to be laid, and some haven’t even been charged.”

The TV report looked into several severe and even fatal incidents over the past two years, all previously covered by the Tweed Daily News.

Former NSW police officer Glyn Davies told Hungry Beast the cross-border issues were “bloody ridiculous”.

“You’ve got a matter of life and death, and you’ve got a police station … three minutes down the road and you don’t send one of them,” Mr Davies said.

“Because it’s in NSW, an imaginary line across the border ... isn’t that bloody ridiculous?”

NSW Police Association Tweed branch chairman Andrew Eppelstun and Safer Communities Alliance organiser Simon Nance were also featured on the show.

The Hungry Beast episode is on iView and will repeat tonight on ABC2 at 8.30pm.

What do you think about the cross-border policing issue? Leave a comment below.



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