POLICE CRACKDOWN: Det Insp Steven Clarke near Lismore?s Dawson Street roundabout yesterday after announcing increased police pa
POLICE CRACKDOWN: Det Insp Steven Clarke near Lismore?s Dawson Street roundabout yesterday after announcing increased police pa

Extra police patrols for trouble spot

By NERIDA BLOK nblok@northernstar.com.au

LISMORE police will boost indefinitely the number of patrols around the scene of a stabbing at the weekend in an effort to improve safety in the city.

New Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Steven Clarke yesterday agreed the area, between the CBD and Lismore Shopping Square, was an 'area of concern', but said there was no link between the high-profile attacks that had happened there.

Those attacks included the killing of German tourist Simone Strobel, the alleged rape of a woman and alleged bashing of a man, and the weekend stabbing of caravan park resident Ray German.

Det Insp Clarke said police would increase both vehicle and foot patrols in the area.

"We held a meeting on Tuesday at the Lismore Police Station to discuss the stabbing incident over the weekend," he said.

He said primarily the meeting decided police would become more pro-active in the area by increasing their visibility.

"The other thing we are looking for is the public to report any suspicious activities in the area," he said.

"Anything they think is out of the norm."

Det Insp Clarke said investigations were continuing into both the stabbing and the Strobel case, but he confirmed there was no evidence to suggest the two incidents were linked.

"There is nothing to sug- gest they are linked and we are still investigating the matters," he said.

The increased police patrols are part of an overall longer-term strategy for improving city safety.

"This is an initial response," Det Insp Clarke said. "What I'm hoping for is that with assistance from the public and the gathering of further information and intelligence, we can focus on improving safety in the area and reduce incidents of crime."

Det Insp Clarke took up his new position one month ago, having transferred with his wife Jo and two children from Inverell.

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