State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP, will today hold a meeting with local business leaders to discuss ongoing issues with crime in the Wallsend CBD.
Business owners have reported an increase in criminal activity in the local area and a number of shops have been targeted by criminals.
Ms Hornery will be meeting with the District Commander in the coming weeks and Police resources will be the number one topic.
Quotes attributable to Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery
“Since Christmas we have had an alarming number of calls from local businesses about criminal activity in the CBD area in particular.”
“A number of businesses have had break-ins, the level of graffiti has skyrocketed and just prior to Christmas we had a major fire in the old squash courts building in Council Street.”
“I have spent the last few days talking to a number of local business owners in Nelson Street and today I will be talking to the Wallsend Town Business Association about the issues they have been hearing about.”
“Businesses are telling me the issue is the level of resources that are allocated to the area. There are simply not enough Police in Wallsend.”
“Business owners want to see Police walking the beat and cars patrolling the streets, but most people that I spoke to cannot remember the last time they saw a Police patrol in the area.
“I look forward to hearing further from our business leaders and taking those concerns to the District Commander in the coming weeks.”