Arrawarra residents devastated by alleged sexual assault

AFTER an alleged sexual assault last Friday, the community of Little Arrawarra claims a number of incidents have occurred which have them concerned for their safety.

About 7.30pm on Friday, November 10, officers attached to Coffs/Clarence Police District commenced an investigation into the alleged sexual assault of a seventeen-year-old girl at Arrawarra Beach.

Following extensive inquiries, a 34-year-old man was arrested at a property on Arrawarra Beach Road, Arrawarra, about 5pm on Sunday, November 12.

The man was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where he is assisting police with their inquiries.

A resident has written to the City of Coffs Harbour and the federal Department of Employment and Workplace Relations to express residents’ anger and frustration that their complaints and warnings over a long period have culminated in a young resident allegedly being sexually assaulted.

The resident detailed a list of issues that are alleged to have occurred over a period of time.

“Every step of the way we have been highlighting the problems but nothing happens,” the resident said.

When contacted for comment, the City of Coffs Harbour and the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations both said the alleged assault was a police matter and did not comment on residents’ previous concerns.

As inquiries continue, anyone with information, particularly anyone who may have been around the Arrawarra Beach area at the time, is urged to contact Coffs Harbour Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

By Andrew VIVIAN

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