Cinema staff fed up with misbehaviour
Cinema staff have spoken out about daily abuse from gangs of thugs who have terrorised the Kimberley indoor complex for months.
Security footage posted on social media last week showed about five children creating havoc outside the front doors of Sun Cinema’s Twin Cinema in Broome.
Cinema supervisor Jaryd Gisen said a group of youths, aged about 12, repeatedly targeted the business from September 23-25.
In the latest incident on Monday last week, Mr Gisen said about nine girls jumped on cars, banged on windows and pelted rocks at staff after being thrown out.
“They tried to kick down a fire door, ripped down fencing near the air-conditioning and were just running amok in general,” he said. “Four or five nights a week, we have issues with kids being kicked out.”
Cinema manager Kerrie Meads said the attacks were a never-ending burden for the business off Weld Street, with costly damage and an impact on customers and staff, who had been threatened.
“It’s an ongoing cost — we’ve had things smashed and kids burning trees,” she said. “It just keeps locals away, they’re not comfortable being harassed or having rocks thrown at their cars.”
Broome police Senior Sergeant Brendon Barwick said officers had been made aware of several incidents involving problem youths at the complex.
He said police had been enforcing the law in line with legislation and parents and children had been spoken to.
“I must say that the parents were very embarrassed and shamed by the actions of their children and have put in place their own discipline,” he said.
“The children are very much aware of the ramifications of their actions and any future misbehaving.” Cinema owner Paul Thomson said the situation was making it difficult for all surrounding businesses.
“I’m very disappointed with the ongoing antisocial behaviour, everybody around that area knows about it,” he said.
“We have a duty of care to our staff, and things like that make business difficult — it’s an ongoing issue that needs to be addressed.”
The problems on Monday last week followed incidents on Saturday and Sunday night when about four girls trying to sneak inside were kicked out.
Mr Gisen said the same thing happened the next night.
Twin Cinema manager Kerrie Meads inspects damage to fencing and air-conditioning units.