Sta­tion a trou­ble hot spot

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCEL­ROY ni­cholas.mcel­roy@news.com.au

GOLD Coast po­lice are crack­ing down on petty crime and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at one of the city’s most pop­u­lar tram sta­tions.

Fed up with what lo­cal busi­nesses de­scribed as teenage “wannabe gang­sters” caus­ing trou­ble around the Broad­beach South light rail sta­tion po­lice con­ducted a blitz of the area overnight.

Queens­land Po­lice data re­veals there have been 177 of­fences in the area sur­round­ing the sta­tion in the past 12 months which in­cluded drug, theft and good or­der of­fences.

“We have no­ticed there are quite a few teenagers who try to be gang­sters near the tram sta­tion, which ob­vi­ously isn’t a good thing,” said a lo­cal shop keeper who didn’t want to be iden­ti­fied.

“You see them sell­ing drugs across the road, and this is just in the af­ter­noons.

“Busi­nesses in the area make sure they watch them very closely.”

Broad­beach Act­ing Se­nior Sar­gent Dan Wicks said ex­tra po­lice would be work­ing with trans­port of­fi­cers and se­cu­rity guards to take a zero tol­er­ance re­sponse to of­fences.

“We have iden­ti­fied a num­ber of per­sons caus­ing trou­ble in the area,” Sgt Wicks said.

“Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity de­serve to be able to travel and go about their busi­ness in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

“The ob­jec­tive of the op­er­a­tion is to ad­dress crim­i­nal of­fences and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour around this par­tic­u­lar tram sta­tion fol­low­ing a num­ber of com­plaints from mem­bers of the pub­lic and in­stances of of­fences be­ing com­mit­ted.

“We want to send a strong mes­sage to the com­mu­nity.”

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