Lead­ers re­act af­ter man­ager ‘stomped on head’

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SWIFT ac­tion has been taken by com­mu­nity lead­ers this week in re­sponse to a shock­ing let­ter from a busi­ness owner who said he was “stomped on the head” dur­ing an al­leged at­tack by a gang of youths.

Lis­more Cen­tral prop­erty man­ager Rob Walker penned a let­ter late last year to rally busi­ness own­ers, Lis­more City Coun­cil and state and fed­eral MPs and crack down on ‘lit­tle thugs’ run­ning amok in the city.

Po­lice act­ing crime man­ager, Act­ing In­spec­tor Ber­nadette In­gram, was among busi­ness own­ers, Lis­more Square and Cen­tral cen­tre man­age­ment as well as Lis­more Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try heads at a meeting to dis­cuss the is­sue on Wed­nes­day.

Cham­ber vice-pres­i­dent An­drew Gor­don said the meeting aim was to de­ter­mine the ex­tent of the prob­lem.

Mr Gor­don said he was “shocked” by the let­ter from Mr Walker, who also is a mem­ber of the cham­ber.

“We’ve come to­gether as a united front to send the mes­sage this won’t be tol­er­ated,” he said.

For Lis­more MP Thomas Ge­orge, the main mes­sage to come out of the meeting was to re­port crime to the po­lice.

Act­ing Insp In­gram and Su­per­in­ten­dent Greg Martin en­cour­aged busi­nesses to re­port crime via the Po­lice As­sis­tance Line as well as with lo­cal po­lice.

The line is avail­able for vic­tims of a crime to re­port crimes other than life threat­en­ing or time crit­i­cal emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, as well as com­plaints.

Mr Gor­don said PAL would al­low busi­nesses to “build a port­fo­lio” of in­ci­dents to have a “his­tory to use in our de­fence”.

He said the meeting aimed to change a cul­ture of re­port­ing to po­lice “only when (crime) gets to a boil­ing point”.

Act­ing Insp In­gram said CBD crime has re­duced in the past few weeks and said po­lice on the ground had made an im­pact.

In par­tic­u­lar she said col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween po­lice and se­cu­rity at Lis­more Square and Cen­tral has been con­struc­tive.

“We are very happy with the way se­cu­rity is work­ing with po­lice to try and re­solve the is­sue,” she said.

The panel will meet again in ear­lier Fe­bru­ary.

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