Push for pa­trols

Guardian Express - - FRONT PAGE - Kristie Lim

CON­CERNS over an in­crease in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in May­lands has led to res­i­dents call­ing for more fre­quent pa­trols by rangers and po­lice, in a bid for a “safe” sub­urb.

May­lands Ratepay­ers and Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers posted com­ments on their Face­book page about al­leged as­saults, scream­ing and drunken be­hav­iour around Eighth and Ninth av­enues and the train sta­tion.

Their con­cerns were cir­cu­lated to Bayswa­ter coun­cil­lors, Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts, May­lands MLA Lisa Baker and Bayswa­ter po­lice.

A May­lands res­i­dent, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said he called City of Bayswa­ter rangers four times and the po­lice eight times from Septem­ber 15 to 30, while his part­ner, neigh­bours and the post of­fice owner also had made sev­eral calls.

He said his fam­ily had wit­nessed “hor­rific as­saults with weapons”, daily and nightly scream­ing of ob­scen­i­ties, pub­lic uri­na­tion and defe­ca­tion, al­co­hol and drug use, prop­erty dam­age, lit­ter­ing and tres­pass, and peo­ple be­ing chased and threat­ened.

He said a group of peo­ple had en­tered their front and back yards, where they found rub­bish and drug para­pher­na­lia.

“It was par­tic­u­larly bad in April ear­lier this year, de­clined over win­ter, and has be­gun again from early Septem­ber,” he said.

“Ul­ti­mately, as longterm res­i­dents we shouldn’t need to have the an­swers here; we just want the scream­ing and vi­o­lence to stop and for a safe May­lands.”

Bayswa­ter po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge John Waghorn said home­less­ness was a so­cial is­sue and urged res­i­dents to con­tinue to re­port their con­cerns to po­lice.

“Not ev­ery dis­tur­bance call is re­lated to the four or five peo­ple in the May­lands area,” he said.

Ms Baker wrote to Ms Roberts, re­quest­ing a po­lice “blitz” in the lead-up to the Christ­mas pe­riod.

She said an in­crease in the amount of foot and mounted pa­trols would give some re­lief to the busi­ness com­mu­nity and res­i­dents.

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