State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today meet with the Newcastle City District Commander, Superintendent Brett Greentree, to discuss policing in the Wallsend electorate.
Following a crime spree over Christmas and ongoing issues in the CBD, Ms Hornery and Superintendent Greentree met with the Wallsend Town Business Association and its members in February to work on a plan to resolve the issues.
Police acknowledge that there was a jump in the number of crimes in the western suburbs and agreed that more must be done to address the ongoing issues including better resources for the area.
This meeting will be a follow up to look at the statistics over the last 3 months and look at the resources being allocated to the area.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“It is obvious that earlier this year there were ongoing issues that needed to be addressed, particularly around the Wallsend CBD.”
“I met with Superintendent Greentree to seek a commitment about increasing the presence of Police in this part of the electorate.”
“Police acknowledged that there had been a big spike in crimes in the local area, including the Wallsend CBD, and committed to put in the resources to help reduce crime and asked the community to put in the effort and make sure crimes were reported in the correct manner.”
“Today’s meeting will be an opportunity for us to look at how things have gone since that meeting and see what still needs to be addressed.”
“From all reports, there has been a noted increased presence of Police in the Wallsend area and the levels of reports to my office about crimes has dropped off, so I am keen to if the stats agree with that.”
“I look forward to ongoing discussions with the Police about the issues affecting Wallsend.”