Rowdy revellers run riot in Lennox
By Sonia Caeiro
ROWDY drunks caused damage and a sleepless night for local residents at Lennox Head over the weekend.
Residents were woken early Sunday morning by yelling and the sounds of debris being thrown about.
A residential fence was pulled down, branches ripped from the trees surrounding a children's park and property signs destroyed.
The swimming pool at the Lennox Head Beachfront Apartments was filled with garden rubbish, heavy pot plants and many empty cans of rum.
"The damage certainly has a monetary value," said Mick Marrs, caretaker at the Beachfront Apartments. "The larger issue though is the work in cleaning up the disgraceful mess, and the principle of it."
A member of the local Chamber of Commerce, Mr Marrs has for years tried to encourage Lennox residents to report all such incidents.
"We are such a laid back area here and people are not inclined to report seemingly minor problems," he said.
"But we really need to report every incident, not just a few. If every single problem was systematically reported, no matter how small, it becomes a statistical fact on the police database. In this way police can attract better resources to deal with underlying issues."
Acting Inspector Jodie Hamilton, of the Richmond Area Command, agreed. "Certainly it is important to report anything involving a theft, injury or malicious damage," she said.
"We cannot identify trends or allocate resources accordingly if we are unaware of the extent of the problem.
"People should be aware that very minor complaints can be hard to investigate without evidence or victims."