New kids on the block and the street?s nervous

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY

PEOPLE living along Harbourne Street, North Rock-hampton, fear a surge in crime after members of a notorious William Street, Rock-hampton, household moved on to the block.

They had recently been evicted from a William Street dwelling after repeatedly being accused of petty crime, violence and noise in the area.

"This has been a pretty good neighbourhood,'' said one Harbourne Street home owner who feared being identified.

"People have already noticed them casing homes.''

Yesterday afternoon there was one reported attempted break-in made to police on the street.

Despite this, the household in question said they have been treated unfairly by police and neighbours.

"It was the younger fellas who caused all the problems on William Street,'' said a 26-yearold male named Tony who now lives on Harbourne Street.

"We are not the ones who have caused the problems.''

But their old neighbours disagree.

Home and business owners located beside the group's previous home said they had to call the police numerous times each night and were relieved they had finally left the area.

Many had been kept awake by brawls, rock-throwing and loud parties, said one couple who lives on the street and feared being identified.

Acting Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said in the last two weeks they had made 14 trips to the William Street property. Six people were charged with public nuisance.

"It is very frustrating to the police because there is little we can do,'' he said. "It certainly has taken up a lot of our time.''

Police were forced to evict the members.



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