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August 15, 2022

Halloween behaviour a danger to others: police

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Police were less than impressed by the behaviour of some young people on Halloween.
Police were less than impressed by the behaviour of some young people on Halloween.

A police car and other vehicles were targeted by unruly teenagers who used Halloween as an excuse to carry on like morons.

Tweed/Byron police have said they had to respond to to numerous incidents of anti-socal behaviour overnight, from Bogangar to Suffolk Park.

About 5.30pm, officers attended Ti Tree Avenue at Bogangar following reports that teenagers in Halloween costumes were throwing bottles, eggs, water balloons and chocolate at passing traffic on Ti Tree Avenue at Bogangar.

Upon arrival the officers observed a large amount of eggs and debris on the road and three males were observed to throw bottles at a vehicle.

The officers followed the males into a nearby alley where approximately 60 teenagers were observed who fled from the police.

The officers returned to speak to a motorist on Ti Tree Avenue whose vehicle had been struck with projectiles when the police car was struck with bottles. The offenders fled from police who remained in the area for several hours to disperse the unruly crowd.

In other incidents a bus travelling on Overall Drive at Pottsville was struck by a projectile and had its windscreen cracked but fortunately no one was injured during the incident.

Police also received reports of a large group of 150 youths in Suffolk Park throwing balloons and eggs at passing motorists.

Inspector Bobbie Cullen from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command said officers were disappointed that they had to be diverted from other duties to deal with these incidents.

‘Unfortunately due to the anti-social actions of these youths police resources had to be diverted from other duties.

‘Throwing projectiles of any kind at passing motorists could have resulted in serious injury or damage.

‘Other groups of supervised children were also inconvenienced by this potentially dangerous behaviour. These parents and carers were vigilant and looked after the welfare of their children.

‘I urge these individuals to use some common sense by refraining from behaviour that puts others welfare at risk and for parents to take responsibility for their children,’ Inspector Cullen said.

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  1. The situation in Suffolk was disgusting. I had over $2000 damage to my car, and my 5 year old was terrorised as dozens of eggs pounded our car hard enough to dent it & remove the paint in many areas. 3 smashed on my daughters window right next to her head – imagine the damage to her if the window was open as it normally is! (as it was, she woke up screaming for most of the night!)..When I got out and addressed them, the mob mentality ruled and they jeered me & threw eggs & water bombs & crackers at me! … my neighbour had her car dented & windshield cracked. Several other cars were also damaged and the neighbours in the area were terrified…. this is our home, and this behaviour is absolutely not okay… I have 2 teenagers and I know that kids are kids, but this isn’t water bombs & jokes, this in malicious damage & the disrespect shown to me by those children was dumbfounding!… I do know who several of them are, in year 7 & year 10 at Byron High, but my daughter has asked me not to follow it up, so that she doesn’t ‘receive any grief’, and as ridiculous as that situation is, I am putting her wishes first & not following it up…. But I do say to parents who had children out in Suffolk last night: be mindful of what your children are doing. 80% of them were great, 20% we so bad that they need to be brought into line, for their own good & the safety of the community. You need to actively PARENT your children! Those children throwing eggs last night are clearly so morally & ethically bankrupt that they have no idea of basic right & wrong… You need to SPEND TIME with your children, and teach them the basics: 1) it’s not okay to hurt people! 2) it’s not okay to damage ‘stuff’ that doesn’t belong to you! 3) it’s not okay to terrorise children & old people! 4) it’s not okay to deride other children & Mothers who are ‘sticking up for’ & protecting their family, 5) it is not funny or okay to behave like a complete moron!….This isn’t complex people!!… GET ON THE JOB – & kick your kids in the butt until they get what it takes to be a decent citizen! … that’s what I’ve done with my kids, and they were not out there throwing eggs at anyone last night!

    • Hear Hear!!!! Parents need to get on with the job!. I used to live in Suffy 10 years ago and the kids were bad then! Out after midnight roaming the streets and making lots of noise. Must be parents not paying them enough attention. Sad to hear it is getting worse!

  2. Those bloomin teens! Let’s not consider the morally bankrupt society kids are being raised in today. Let’s forget that no parent can teach a teen to be a ‘decent citizen’ when the socio-political climate they are exposed to every day involves targeting them (not to mention the unfortunate, the weak, the disabled, the aged and Muslims etc). Everybody is so self-absorbed in their own affairs and the economy that nobody can see what it’s doing to our youth. We’re in the habit of making policies that do nothing to preserve their freedom or their future and we expect what? Happy little well-adjusted Australians? Our youth are just copying their role models and their behaviour is naught but a direct reflection on the plank of wood sticking out of our own eyes. WAKE UP AUSTRALIA!

    • Mez Excusing the the errant behaviour of young people because it is “morally bankrupt” and because of “socio-political climate” is just an excuse for some young people’s poor behaviour. Our society is imperfect and our arrangements for education, financial support and particularly transport accessibility for young people can all be improved, but Australians individually and as a society spend a great deal of time and effort in providing opportunities for study, work and recreation for our young people. It is unclear what you are referring to in respect of young people’s freedom – we do restrict young people’s freedoms until they are 18 – for example by restricting the sale of tobacco – but that is to protect them from self harm. In respect of their future, while youth unemployed is high in some areas like the Northern Rivers, is youth have close access to SE QLD, one of the largest growing employment markets.anywhere. The low moral standard of some individual adults is never an excuse for poor behaviour of youth or anyone else, and except when their parents or others around them show a poor example it is not the reason for them doing he wrong thing. As others note we should deal with this case on the plain basis that damaging others property is wrong.

  3. Go Mum ! I’m with you. I have had damage done to my car in Mullumbimby in the past. Unfortunately a lot of parents are afraid to give their kids a good kick i the but, or even a good verbal dressing down and some discipline
    Social media has a place at times like these and decent kids should be giving bad kids some exposure and some serious grief.


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