Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

MP Pressed on Police Pledge

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

MP Pressed on Police Pledge

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THE Richmond Valley Council will pressure State Clarence MP Steve Cansdell to deliver on his pre-election promise of more police for Casino.

At the council's meeting on Tuesday, Cr Robert Mustow successfully moved that the council write to Police Minister Mike Gallacher to seek an upgrade of the Casino police station to aa 24-hour, seven days a week, fully staffed police stationa.

Mr Cansdell, who was recently appointed Parliamentary Secretary to Mr Gallacher, will meet with the council on June 7, but he will not be supporting the council's call for a 24-hour station.

aI fully support their intentions, and I agree they need more police, definitely,a Mr Cansdell said. aBut they need to be out in cars doing their work, not stuck in police stations.a

Cr Mustow cited recent statistics which show break-and-enter offences increased by more than 75% last year, and assaults were up by 11 offences across the Richmond Valley area.

aI believe we have a major problem in this town,a he said. …

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