Shop owner applauds police action
SOUTH Grafton business owner and victim of crime Brad Layton has welcomed the announcement of two dedicated youth liaison officers in the Clarence Valley.
"I think anything to help these children is absolutely fantastic," Mr Layton said.
South Grafton News and Gifts was broken into earlier this year with offenders stealing about $9000 worth of cigarettes and other items.
Although Mr Layton was disappointed he couldn't attend either of the recent community meetings, he said many of his customers had kept him informed.
"They are quite disheartened about the response from the Indigenous elders," he said.
"To hear they were saying the council needed to clean up the park to remove sticks and rocks and that would solve the problem ... that's ridiculous," he said.
"I'm Indigenous myself; I grew up in a small community and while there wasn't a lot of drugs there was a lot of alcohol- but our elders were very strict."
He said he had noticed since residents on Skinner Street started to report the crimes to police, the kids had moved away from the business area and into a residential street.
"This is a little bit daunting ... I'm very sad to hear of residents having sticks and steel poles thrown at them," he said.