Local business leaders in Wallsend are meeting to discuss the escalating crime incidents in the CBD.
According to State Member for Wallsend Sonia Hornery, business owners have reported an increase in criminal activity and a number of shops have been targeted by thieves and vandals.
“Since Christmas we have had an alarming number of calls from local businesses about criminal activity in the CBD area in particular,” she said.
“A number of businesses have had break-ins, the level of graffiti has skyrocketed and just prior to Christmas we had a major fire in the old squash courts building in Council Street.”
“I have spent the last few days talking to a number of local business owners in Nelson Street and today I will be talking to the Wallsend Town Business Association about the issues they have been hearing about.”
Ms Hornery said there was simply not enough of a police presence in Wallsend.
“Business owners want to see Police walking the beat and cars patrolling the streets, but most people that I spoke to cannot remember the last time they saw a Police patrol in the area,” she said.
Ms Hornery will be meeting with the Police District Commander in the coming weeks to relay the business community’s concerns about resources in the area.
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