Crime cliffhanger in East Fre­man­tle

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS - Pic­ture: Jon Bas­sett.

THIEVES es­caped in a dinghy across the Swan River af­ter scal­ing sheer, high cliffs to raid cars and leave older res­i­dents of lux­ury homes on edge about more crime in North Fre­man­tle.

“They ran back up the street and over the cliff, and the tinny’s en­gine was heard as they took off,” Corkhill Street res­i­dent Yvonne Bar­ron said.

About 3am on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 22, res­i­dents in nearby Phyl­lis Street, which ends at the Rocky Bay cliffs, dis­turbed hoodie-wear­ing men at­tempt­ing to break into cars.

Ms Bar­ron, who is a vic­tim of three at­tempted day­light bur­glar­ies in two years, said she was told the men ran down a near-ver­ti­cal cliff path af­ter they were chal­lenged by another res­i­dent and the dinghy headed to­wards East Fre­man­tle us­ing a searchlight.

Res­i­dents are sus­pi­cious the dinghy may be con­nected to the bur­glary of a Corkhill Street home about three weeks ago, af­ter which a satchel from the house was found float­ing in the Swan River near the Jo­hanna Street dinghy park­ing area, 700m down­stream from Phyl­lis Street.

Res­i­dents who did not wish to be named be­cause they feared re­tal­i­a­tion by youths us­ing the heav­ily veg­e­tated cliff tops also de­scribed rocks thrown at win­dows, mul­ti­ple break-ins over sev­eral years, find­ing bags with clothes and drugs, and fre­quent sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour.

“The clifftop needs clean­ing up be­cause there is far too much bush for peo­ple to hide in, and we’ve been told the area could be be­ing used for drugs,” a res­i­dent said.

Her neigh­bours have in­stalled CCTV, de­spite be­ing only 200m from Water Po­lice whose main role is search and res­cue.

“When the Water Po­lice moved in we were told, among many things by then min­is­ter Gor­don Hill, that it would bring greater se­cu­rity,” North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion con­venor Ger­ard MacGill said.

A WA Po­lice spokes­woman said there was a re­port on Oc­to­ber 22 of at­tempts to break into ve­hi­cles on Phyl­lis Street; po­lice pa­trolled but the men were not lo­cated.

“WA Po­lice are aware of some is­sues in the North Fre­man­tle area,” she said.

Yvonne Bar­ron on the cliff path thieves es­caped to their tinny at Rocky Bay, North Fre­man­tle.

Bic­ton MLA Lisa O’Mal­ley and Premier Mark McGowan with net­ball play­ers at Frank Gib­son Park.

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