Sign of the times at troubled Yamba

By Emma Crawford

Yamba police said they had a quiet weekend, despite breaking up a number of gatherings and fining one youth for carrying a council street sign down a road.

Police attributed the downturn to an all-age disco which was held in Grafton on Saturday night, giving young people something to do at the weekend.

At 9pm on Friday night police were called to a party on Yamba Road which had become 'out of hand', with around 40 young people blocking the road and in various stages of intoxication.

Police said a number of youths were detained due to their drunken state and offensive behaviour.

Three were taken to the Yamba Police Station, where they were collected by their parents.

A number of move-on notices were also given throughout the night, as people who were at the party gathered in different areas around Yamba, including Flinders Park.

At 1.45am on Saturday, a 17-yearold Yamba youth, who had been moved on from Flinders Park, was spoken to by police after he was seen carrying a council street sign from Church Street.

According to police, the youth said he had found the sign in the street and was going to move it further into the middle of the road 'to be cheeky'.

"We noticed the sign had been ripped out of the ground and it still had its cement base on it ... and he was issued with an infringement notice under the Local Government Act," police said.

Residents of The Drive at Yamba also had their house broken into early on Saturday morning, with thieves stealing a handbag containing cash, credit cards and a mobile phone, as well as a men's wallet and a second mobile phone.

A number of noise abatement notices were also given during the night, including residences at Harwood Street and Lakes Boulevard at Yamba and Charles Street at Iluka.



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