Grafton Highway Patrol Constable Rob Goodwin at Corcoran Park, Grafton, where Operation Corcoran Park, to reduce anti-social be
Grafton Highway Patrol Constable Rob Goodwin at Corcoran Park, Grafton, where Operation Corcoran Park, to reduce anti-social be

YOUTH PARKED

By JULIA ILES

HOONS at Grafton's Corcoran Park will lose their ride and money as police crack down on unruly driving and anti-social behaviour.

On the weekend numerous fines were issued along with the impounding of a 19-year-old Grafton man's car under burnout legislation. The operation by the Grafton Highway Patrol with general duty police came after ongoing complaints from nearby residents who found night activity at the park disruptive.

Corcoran Park is also the place where Danny Killmore was the victim of a motor vehicle accident on June 25, 2004.

Police Chief Inspector Darren Spooner issued a strong warning that police will patrol the area closely.

"Residents down there have a right to quiet and good order in their neighbourhood. Young people in this town have got to realise the meaning of the word respect," he said.

"There's one young bloke who will be on shank's pony for a few months because of a rush of blood and dangerous behaviour in a motor vehicle."

Police also issued an 18-year-old Cowper man with a court attendance notice for bad language, while numerous others were detained or moved on for obstruction, anti-social behaviour and intoxication.

In addition a motorcyclist, a man, was caught driving 45kmh over the speed limit in Villiers Street and two other vehicles were recorded in the Corcoran Park area committing burn-out offences.

Funding under Operation Viking enabled Clarence Valley police to post greater numbers on the street over the weekend in Grafton and on the Lower River.

However, Chief Inspector Spooner's job may become a lot easier if a council ban is placed on the park at night.

The Clarence Valley Council has collected public submissions from a wide range of people who utilise the park.

Council's technical open spaces co-ordinator George Nowak said a popular option was for a closure of the entrance at Kirchner Street.

"We are aware that during the night it has become an anti-social place and at next month's council meeting the decision will be made about its closure," he said.



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