Revellers slammed for their ghoulish behaviour
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.