Yamba Civic Video owner Lyn Curtis stands outside her shop where a man was stabbed in the car park on Saturday. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN
Yamba Civic Video owner Lyn Curtis stands outside her shop where a man was stabbed in the car park on Saturday. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Stabbing raises questions

A MAN aged 28 was hospitalised with stab wounds after an incident in Yamba on Saturday.

Yesterday community members were asking whether the idyllic coastal town had a sufficient police presence.

A spokesman from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command said extra patrols would be making their way around Treelands Dr in the wake of the incident.

And while people were reluctant to talk, many said they understood police numbers down river to be desperately low.

"I understand it's a tough job but I also know more police would only make it easier for the local guys," one Yamba resident who did not wish to be named said.

"They are under resourced right across the Clarence."

Local business owner Charlie Baker said there was no need to be alarmist.

"I've never had any problems at my business or in my home," Mr Baker said.

"And I've lived here since 1989.

"And from what I've heard the local police do a good job but they are under-staffed."

Staff at the Eagle Boys across the road from the incident were entirely unaware of what had happened.

Igne Kiblee was the store manager on the day.

Ms Kiblee was surprised a violent crime had happened in the small town.

"We probably could do with more police in town but to be fair there isn't all that much violent crime compared to other areas."

Police are appealing for anyone with information to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Grafton Police on 6642 0222.



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