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A warning to looters in flood affected areas of Tweed/Byron LAC

Thursday, 06 April 2017 01:39:49 PM

Police from the Tweed/Byron LAC are issuing a warning about looting following floods.

Following the recent flooding in Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Chinderah, police have received comments concerning potential looting within the affected areas.

As a result, officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command have increased the number of patrols within these areas.

The commander of Tweed/Byron Local Area Command, Superintendent Wayne Starling, has issued a warning to anyone who intends to use flooding to gain a profit.

“Some community members have messaged us on Facebook concerning possible looting. Police have been and will continue to patrol flood affected areas both in uniform and in plain clothes to detect potential thieves.

“Given the devastating situation faced by people in these disaster areas, anyone intending to place further hardship and stress upon members of our community and profit from the devastation by looting; be warned, if you choose to partake in this type of behaviour we will catch you and you will face the full force of the law,” said Superintendent Starling.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident 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 Facebook and Twitter pages