Polics Blitz Goonellabah crims

By ALEX EASTON

INCREASED police patrols in Goonellabah will continue until residents feel safe ? no matter how long that takes, the region's top cop vowed yesterday.

As a new taskforce launched a surprise door-to-door blitz in Goonellabah, Richmond Local Area commander Superintendent Bruce Lyons said the focus on the suburb would continue for as long as necessary.

The announcement of the taskforce follows a series of violent offences in Goonellabah.

"I think it will have to continue until we reduce the crime rate, until we reduce the fear," Supt Lyons said.

"This is not complex. It's what the community wants, to see police and to be able to discuss their concerns with them."

Supt Lyons' comments would have been welcomed in Shearman Drive yesterday morning, where residents backed the police blitz and said they wanted more.

"There needs to be more (police) all the time," Goonellabah resident Tamara Paden said, watching police work their way along Shearman Drive. "We need a police station."



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