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.