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Monday, May 17, 2021

Hornery calls for better police resources

It’s not the first time Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery has requested more police resources for her electorate.

And, given the government’s reluctance to act on her pleas, it probably won’t be the last occasion either.

Ms Hornery is this week calling on NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott to review the allocation of support currently being provided to Beresfield and Tarro, following the recent increase in crimes across the area.

Local businesses and residents have reported a sharp rise in incidents in the past few months.

In the last week alone, there has been an armed robbery and a vicious assault and robbery.

“Everyone’s raising their concerns,” Ms Hornery said.

“With police stations located at Maitland and Raymond Terrace, Beresfield and Tarro are not seeing regular patrols or officers walking the streets.

“And, incidents are taking far too long to respond to.”

Ms Hornery has highlighted these issues repeatedly with the Police Minister and in Parliament.

However, those in the position to respond simply refuse to do anything about it.

“I’ll be requesting a meeting with the Local Police Commander and seeking further commitments from the government about police resources,” she said.

“The Wallsend electorate covers three police districts and the major cause for concern seems to be the fringes where the districts meet.

“These areas receive the least [police] attention and are being neglected when it comes to resources.

“I want to see a commitment to increasing the presence of police in this part of the electorate. 

“We are sick and tired of being ignored on the fringes.

“The latest BOCSAR statistics show Beresfield and Tarro have a number of crime categories well above the state average.

“Sexual offences, assault and theft are all well above the NSW mark.

“It is obvious that there are not enough police resources on the ground.”

Ms Hornery said it simply wasn’t good enough.

“I will not allow this to continue,” she stated.

“There must be more police resources allocated to the outer areas of the Wallsend electorate.”

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