Call for ac­tion on van­dal­ism

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THE Town of Clare­mont must take ac­tion to end the scourge of van­dal­ism on Thurs­day and Sun­day nights, coun­cil­lor Peter Browne said at Tues­day’s coun­cil meet­ing.

Cr Browne said that every Fri­day and Mon­day morn­ing, lo­cals were clean­ing up the dam­age.

He said the van­dal­ism had es­ca­lated from tree branches be­ing torn off to the Town’s signs be­ing re­moved, with the trail of de­struc­tion start­ing at St Quentin Av­enue and head­ing down Stir­ling Road.

Cr Browne sug­gested CCTV cam­eras could help bring the cul­prits to jus­tice and also act as a de­ter­rent.

Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant Paul Vo­jkovich said po­lice were aware of is­sues in Clare­mont, par­tic­u­larly in the park bor­dered by Fresh­wa­ter Bay Pri­mary School, the town hall and the now-closed Clare­mont po­lice sta­tion.

“We are aware of the is­sues and we are tar­get­ing the area,” he said.

“On Mon­day night, we is­sued two ju­ve­nile cau­tions and six move-on no­tices.

“Late last year, a man was charged af­ter tearing down things and rip­ping out a plant near Bay View Ter­race, just north of Stir­ling High­way, at night.

“There are two ar­eas – what you could call the en­ter­tain­ment area – where there are is­sues, and the park, where what we have seen is groups drink­ing and get­ting up to no good.

“We have iden­ti­fied a num­ber of peo­ple, they’re mostly 15 to 19 years of age,” he said.

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