Scotts Head locals frustrated with lack of police presence

Police are investigating a break and enter at this property in Scotts Head.

ON Saturday evening, 27 January, a group of party-going youths converged on Scotts Head, damaging private property, a local business and public facilities.

The alleged perpetrators were believed to be aged between sixteen and 22.

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A vacant house, which was being renovated, was entered and damaged, with bottles and trash scattered throughout..
The owner took to social media to express her dismay at the incident.

“We are shattered by the cruel acts to our beautiful new home, and also to the Scotts Head village that we love so much,” she said.

“It’s not just our personal residence but all of our community’s right to a peaceful existence in this beautiful place that has been breached.

“We all need to feel safe in our community, homes and public amenities,” she said.

Police are investigating the break and enter on her property.

A local bottle shop also suffered a smashed window, while a nearby shop’s outdoor furniture was damaged.

A NSW Police spokesperson said officers were called to Ocean Street, Scotts Head between 11 and 12 pm on the Saturday night to reports of youths aged between sixteen and 20 being loud and littering.

A direction to ‘Move On’ was issued, with officers on the scene reporting that this was complied with.

Locals told a different story however, with many claiming that youths had thrown bottles at police, who departed and did not return for some hours, if at all.

“It was a rainy night, so we thought they (the party goers) would just go home,” said one resident who lives just a few doors from the vacant house which was damaged.

A public toilet at Forster Beach was also damaged.

It is not known where the young party goers arrived in the area from.

Frustrated locals have called for more police presence in the Scotts Head area after hours.

“This is not the first incident like this.

“There have been several parties in the area over the past year that have caused problems,” said one resident who did not wish to be identified.

The local community was devastated when a table and chairs known as the Whale Table, located at Forster Beach near the Surf Club, were damaged a few months ago.

The bench set is the product of a collaboration between Mid North Coast mosaic artist Guy Crosley, other local artists and local children, and was a source of pride for many residents.

Acts of vandalism are a problem for many areas of the Nambucca Valley, with some expressing frustration that parents are not held accountable and that police appear powerless to deal effectively with young offenders.

Anyone with information on the recent incidents in Scotts Head is urged to contact the police.

Member for Oxley Michael Kemp was not available for comment.


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