Police from Barwon Local Area Command have been out in force over the weekend to target traffic, drug, and property crime with further operations planned.
Operation Claymore 2 is a high visibility policing operation utilising officers from Barwon Local Area Command with the assistance of the Traffic & Highway Patrol Command, and the domestic violence high risk offender team.
It was established as part of a long-term strategy being undertaken to focus on traffic, drug, and property crime in the township of Moree and will be ongoing.
Several people were arrested during the course of the two-day operation, with offences including drink driving offences, drive whilst disqualified, custody of a knife in a public place, possess prohibited drug, common assault and breach apprehended violence order.
About 100 people were dispersed from a party in Sullivan Place, with officers also responding to a suspected rock throwing incident on the Newell Highway and a number of traffic complaints involving motorbikes.
Police also located 13 children in the street after midnight without parental supervision – these children were taken home and mandatory notifications were made.
Additional results include:
- 178 random breath tests (three people charged with PCA),
- Four random drug tests (three positive roadside indications),
- 32 person searches,
- 25 infringements issued,
- 18 move-on directions, and
- Six apprehended domestic violence order compliance checks.
Commander of Barwon Local Area Command, Detective Superintendent Paul McDonald, said whilst police are pleased with these recent results, they would continue to use various strategies to target and disrupt criminal activities in regional areas.
“That includes high visibility, high impact operations like this which are conducted to complement other strategies being undertaken,” Det Supt Mcdonald said.
“That’s in addition to our ongoing investigative response to serious crime, as well as a range of other overt and covert strategies aimed at targeting criminal behaviour.
“But we can’t do it on our own and rely on the assistance of the local community, both in coming forward to provide us with information and implementing tougher security measures.”
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall welcomes the establishment and deployment of Strike Force Claymore to Moree.
“This is exactly the response the good people of the Moree community have been waiting for,” he said.
“They have had enough of the small group of lowlifes that think the rule of law does not apply to them and who have no respect for other people’s liberty and property. Their time of behaving like they own the town will hopefully soon be at an end.
“I thank NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys APM for his quick response my request on behalf of the community for the establishment of the Strike Force to provide high visibility policing locally and to target known juvenile gang members, their families and associates.
“The officers of the Strike Force will be visible and will target those in the community with outstanding warrants, those who are in breach of bail conditions and those who are wanted by the Police. Pleasingly, anti-social behaviour will be treated with zero tolerance.
“I am assured by the Deputy Commissioner that the Strike Force will be deployed until the issues in the community are resolved and those who have been perpetrating acts of violence and destruction are apprehended.”
Further operations to continue to target anti-social and criminal activities are planned.
Police are urging anyone with information in relation to anti-social or criminal behaviour to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.