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Lismore police are targeting trouble-making youths around Lismore shopping centres.

Lismore police have begun cracking down on the anti-social behaviour of young people around Lismore Square Shopping Centre following numerous complaints.

Police this morning have issued a warning saying they ‘are aware of the identity all the people responsible causing issues at the square, and anyone who breached a banning order can expect to be arrested and charged’.

Yesterday police laid five charges of ‘enter inclosed lands without lawful excuse’ on some local juveniles.

Just recently in a post to one of the more popular social media sites on Facebook, one person posted “to the little shits that hang around the square and/or the parents of those kids’.

‘Parents – get your god damned kids in order. They’re a disgrace and so are you for letting them act like they do.

‘I just read a story about a bunch of kids on scooters who attacked an old lady. If that was your kid, you’re double the disgrace

‘I’m sick of seeing and hearing them at the square, and I’m sure most of the community is too. They’re gonna get hit by a car and no “oh my poor baby” will be held in sympathy because we’ve all had plenty of time to see how ridiculously stupid they are.’

Police said they had been working with the management of the shopping square over the last few weeks to addresss the issue of anti-social behaviour.

As a result several offenders have been identified and served with banning notices.

Shopkeepers around Lismore’s CBD also have been complaining of groups of young people riding at dangerous speeds on the footpaths.

Police said they would continue to carry out uniformed and plain-clothes patrols in all the local shopping centres so people could shop and work in peace.






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  1. Maybe the towns people & shop keepers could get together with any local youth groups, find an appropriate venue and give these kids somewhere to hang out and do cool stuff that they’re interested in.. These kids are the next generation of local adults. Invest some time, money and skills into encouraging them to be creative, inspired young adults that have a sense of dignity and community. Which can only happen if the community invests time & energy in them as an example of how care & support creates change.. yes their current behaviour is not acceptable but give them another avenue for expression that’s positive. This is a challenge for the Lismore community. .. are they up to it ?? as locking up kids only creates more problems in the future… Something worth considering. ..

  2. I just spoke to a couple of young scooter kids and explained that in the fear climate they are to be the latest casualties to be churned through a lifetime in the legal system, jail and so on.

    One complained that the PCYC had no programs,

    But delving deeper I find there were simply no diversions, youth workers on the street, transport, access to our excellent sporting facilities, etc and what is the result, fear campaigns, victimisation, juvenile justice fodder, disaffected youth doing stupid things, and so on.

    Be so much better that instead of all this facebook rubbish, the Council, Governments and NGO’s do something productive and practical so our youth can be our pride

    Most of the scooting and skating kids are decent and honest, with good parents, so instead of penny pinching funding and whingeing later when we have missed the great opportunity to turn it around, do something, raise funds buy a mini bus, get youth workers, have some mentoring by Elders, re commence PCYC programs, get a youth club, literacy and tutoring programs never goes astray etc.

    Does Council even have a Youth worker? if so maybe they can put together an inclusive committee and get ball rolling to fund something useful as above



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