Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion -

What’s hap­pen­ing to our town?

What’s hap­pen­ing in our town af­ter hours is re­ally con­cern­ing and get­ting out of con­trol.

For those who don’t know, Mata­mata has a group of thugs tar­get­ing peo­ple walk­ing home af­ter hours from bars and restau­rants.

Ev­ery week­end we hear of more young and not so young get­ting ac­costed on their way home. Last week­end alone there were three we learnt about.

What, as a com­mu­nity, can we do to stop it be­cause it’s ev­ery­one’s right to be able to walk home from the pub without wor­ry­ing about some gut­less thug. And I say gut­less as they hide in the shad­ows and jump out when you’re not ex­pect­ing it and rob or bash you, and they only pick on peo­ple alone or cou­ples.

This is crazy, the po­lice were told about the two lat­est and a phone was tracked to an area via find MyPhone tech­nol­ogy and noth­ing was done. I’m won­der­ing if it’s the same peo­ple who are tip­ping over rub­bish bins in peo­ple’s drive­ways and break­ing into homes at night while we sleep.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk

Mata­mata Po­lice

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