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ABOVE: The ‘Alcohol Free Zone’ signage, in the South Grafton Park, at the end of Skinner Street. Residents and shop owners have had to deal with the anti social behaviour which has been fuelled by drinking in the park, since before Christmas. IMAGE: Lynne Mowbray.

Positive outcome from Crime Prevention meeting

ABOVE: The ‘Alcohol Free Zone’ signage, in the South Grafton Park, at the end of Skinner Street. Residents and shop owners have had to deal with the anti social behaviour which has been fuelled by drinking in the park, since before Christmas. IMAGE: Lynne Mowbray.

A community Safety Precinct Committee (CSPCs) meeting was held on Wednesday last week at the Maclean Council Chambers.
These meetings provide an opportunity for council, business owners and community members to meet with Police Local Area Commanders and discuss our local crime concerns.
Around 10 people attended last week’s meeting which was headed up by Coffs/Clarence Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan, Detective Sergeant Matt Zimmer and Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Dave Fish.
Brad Layton from South Grafton News and Gifts was in attendance at the meeting and had the opportunity to ask the police what they were doing about the ongoing drinking problems in the ‘alcohol fee zoned’ park at the end of Skinner Street, South Grafton.
Mr Layton told the police that it has been frequented by adults drinking on a daily basis since Christmas with up to 25 school aged children hanging out there with the adults, when they should be in school.
Mr Layton suggested that the police should be tipping out the alcohol and moving these people on.
Superintendent Holahan told the meeting that South Grafton was definitely an issue to the police at the moment and that they had taken on board Mr Laytons observations of the ‘Sunshine Bar’, as it is known to police.
The following day, Mr Layton told the Independent that he was very happy with the CSPCs meeting.
“It was good to meet three of our top cops and I actually feel that something will now be done about the drinking problem in the park,” said Mr Layton.
“Last night was the first night since way before Christmas, that there was no one in the park.
“It went from between 30 to 50 people one night, to none the next.
“It will be good if the police can enforce the alcohol ‘pour out’ policy.”
Mr Layton was impressed with the outcome of Wednesday’s Crime prevention meeting and said that he will be attending all of these meetings from now on.

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