Cin­ema staff fed up with mis­be­haviour

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

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.

Pic­ture: Robert Dougherty

Twin Cin­ema man­ager Kerrie Meads in­spects dam­age to fenc­ing and air-con­di­tion­ing units.

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