Man threatens tourists at Tucki Tucki
TOURISTS who stopped to look at the Aboriginal bora ring in the Tucki Tucki Cemetery got a fright when a 53-year-old man threatened them yesterday morning.
The visitors called the police and just after 8am several officers arrived in bullet-proof vests and arrested the man.
Lismore Police Crime Manager Detective Inspector Steven Clarke said the tourists called the police after they left the cemetery.
“Early this morning a number of people visited the bora ring at the cemetery and while they were in that location they were confronted by a 53-year-old man who was aggressive in his nature towards them,” Det Insp Clarke said.
“There was some conversation between the parties which resulted in the visitors leaving the area.
“The police were contacted due to the threatening behaviour of the man and every available officer responded to the call.
“When they attended the cemetery the 53-year-old was located and arrested.
“It appears the man may have been camping at the site.”
Lismore City Council cemeteries and crematorium co- ordinator, Kris Whitney, believed a few hundred tourists visited the Aboriginal bora ring at the Tucki Tucki Cemetery each year.
“It seems to be quite popular with tourists,” Mr Whitney said.
“But they are not allowed to camp there.
“Normally I have to chase campers away from the Nimbin Cemetery, but not at Tucki Tucki.
“We haven't had any problems there before that I'm aware of.”
Det Insp Clarke said the man was charged with assault and offensive behaviour and would appear in Lismore Local Court on August 18.