State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, is calling on the NSW Police Minister to review the allocation of Police resources currently being provided to Beresfield and Tarro, following the recent increase in crimes across the area.
Local businesses and residents have reported a sharp increase in crime in recent months and in the last week there has been an armed robbery and a vicious assault and robbery.
Residents and businesses have raised concerns with Ms Hornery that, with Police Stations located at Maitland and Raymond Terrace, Beresfield and Tarro are not seeing regular Police patrols or Police walking the streets and incidents take far too long to respond to.
Ms Hornery has raised this issues repeatedly with the Police Minister and in Parliament but those in the position to act simply refuse to do anything about it.
Ms Hornery will be requesting a meeting with the Local Police Commander and seeking further commitments from the Government about Police resources.
“The Wallsend electorate covers three Police Districts and the major cause for concern seems to be the fringes where the Districts meet,” said Ms Hornery.
“These areas receive the least Police attention and are being neglected when it comes to resources.”
“I want to see a commitment to increasing the presence of Police in this part of the electorate. We are sick and tired of being ignored on the fringes.”
“The latest BOCSAR statistics show Beresfield and Tarro have a number of crime categories well above the State average.”
“Sexual offences, assault and theft are all well above the State average. It is obvious that there are not enough Police resources on the ground.
“This is simply not good enough. I will not allow this to continue.”
“There must be more Police resources allocated to the outer areas of the Wallsend electorate,” Ms Hornery said.