Crime woes ease

By ADRIAN MILLER

YAMBA'S problems with anti-social behaviour could be over.

This time last year The Daily Examiner was inundated with calls and stories relating to continued problems of youths roaming the streets at night damaging property and abusing many people.

The problems continued throughout the year, with sporadic incidents occurring.

But now, after an increase in the number of police and security guards patrolling the town, there have been no recorded incidents of major problem behaviour over the Christmas period.

Grafton police chief inspector Darren Spooner yesterday said police, so far this summer, had managed to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

"The statistics are that anti-social behaviour in terms of reported matters compared to last year are down," he said.

"If you speak to residents they might say it's still there, but the statistics don't indicate that it is, (and) it's far decreased from last year."

Maclean/Yamba Security owner Jamie Stokes, who has up to 10 security guards a night patrolling the town, agrees.

"It's been really good so far," he said.

"There's been a small amount of anti-social behaviour generated by tourists, but only a small amount and nothing major.

"There's been a small amount of milling around but it's been much better than previously."

Mr Stokes said the reason was purely because of the numbers of police and security guards on duty.

Yamba Chamber of Commerce president Sue Hughes said the success of the police and security agencies in minimising bad behaviour would do wonders for the town.

"Obviously the good name of the town remains and people no longer have to fear coming to Yamba if the problems of antisocial behaviour have been taken care of," she said.



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