Rev­ellers slammed for their ghoul­ish be­hav­iour

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Liana Turner liana.turner@tweed­dai­

TEENAGE trick-or-treaters have been ac­cused of put­ting mo­torists and them­selves at risk dur­ing Hal­loween cel­e­bra­tions on the Tweed Coast.

Cabarita Youth Ser­vice chair­per­son Kat Fer­ma­nis said it was a shame po­lice had not re­sponded to calls from con­cerned res­i­dents, as they may have have en­cour­aged the youth to be more re­spect­ful.

Ms Fer­ma­nis said while most young peo­ple were do­ing the right thing, in­clud­ing the ma­jor­ity of a group gath­ered at Ti Tree Av­enue in Bo­gan­gar, some had crossed the line as re­peated calls to po­lice went with­out re­sponse.

When she phoned Tweed/by­ron LAC po­lice, she was told there had been nu­mer­ous calls and of­fi­cers were on their way.

CYS had pre­vi­ously ap­proached po­lice to put safety mea­sures in place on the day, to no avail.

“Prior to the day, we tried to min­imise the risk by hav­ing a col­lab­o­ra­tive re­sponse, but it didn’t even­tu­ate,” Ms Fer­ma­nis said.

Ms Fer­ma­nis didn’t see a po­lice ve­hi­cle while she was at Ti Tree Av­enue from 5-7pm that evening.

She said while some mo­torists em­braced the fun, oth­ers were not happy with wa­ter­bombs and eggs be­ing launched at their ve­hi­cles.

But In­spec­tor Luke Arthurs said there was no record of po­lice be­ing called to Cabarita, although he noted the be­hav­iour was wide­spread on Hal­loween.

“It’s ob­vi­ously dan­ger­ous to the car that’s be­ing driven and it puts you at risk of crash­ing,” he said.

One res­i­dent, Whit­ney Aldridge, posted a video to so­cial me­dia show­ing young peo­ple throw­ing eggs and wa­ter bal­loons at pass­ing cars.

“Ab­so­lute lit­tle s***s do not re­alise the dam­age they could be caus­ing,” Ms Aldridge posted.

One Tweed res­i­dent told the Tweed Daily News he had spo­ken to a bus driver who dreaded hav­ing to drive through the streets of Bo­gan­gar on Hal­loween.

Oth­ers ex­cused the be­hav­iour as merely kids hav­ing a bit of fun.

This fol­lowed sim­i­lar events last year, where po­lice were called in to re­ports of more than 60 teenagers throw­ing eggs at cars in Cabarita, while a bus wind­screen was bro­ken af­ter a pro­jec­tile was thrown at it on Over­all Drive in Pottsville.

Bo­gan­gar res­i­dent Sonny Hintz, who moved to the town eight years ago, said is­sues dur­ing Hal­loween had only oc­curred in re­cent years.

She said while most young­sters were po­lite, it was dis­ap­point­ing to see a mi­nor­ity give the town’s youth a bad name.

“Most of the kids are pretty good... it’s just one group of kids,” she said.

“It’s just be­come a bit of a rit­ual… and it’s a pity.”

It’s just be­come a bit of a rit­ual… and it’s a pity.

— Sonny Hintz


FUN OR TOO FAR? Youths on the Tweed Coast have been slammed af­ter ob­jects were thrown at cars in Cabarita on Hal­loween.

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