A BOWEN resident says she’s had enough of her hard-partying neighbours and wants the police to have more power to intervene.
The middle-aged professional woman, who didn’t want to be named for fear of retribution, said she frequently fears for her own safety, particularly when her neighbours’ regular partying turns violent.
“I live in Bowen and for the most part I feel this neighbourhood’s poor reputation is undeserved, but every so often one of the anti-social minority will create a large-scale disturbance which the police always seem to be incapable of bringing under control,” she said.
“Last Friday (August 16) one of my neighbours had a party involving hordes of noisy and unruly youths and the usual accompanying loud music.
“I tolerated the disturbance with reluctance for some time because experience has taught me that ringing the police for anything less than a murder on a Friday or Saturday night is a waste of time.”
According to the woman the partying continued for many hours until a large fight erupted in the street at around 10.30pm.
“It was dark and raining and a car coming around the bend nearly collided with what must have been around 50 young people all throwing punches at each other, so I rang the police.
“At 11 the street was filled with drunken people yelling and flinging abuse at each other.
“I didn’t feel safe as this was all taking place on the street outside my home, so I again rang the police and asked them to come as a matter of urgency.”
According to the woman when the revelers saw the police they briefly dispersed only to regroup when the police left.
“At one stage a brawl broke out on the street and when I looked outside I saw a swarm of young people, many of the males were shirtless, running around in the rain and beating each other up.”
The woman, who had to start a 14-hour shift at 5.30am the next morning, said her neighbours’ activity was making it difficult for her to work.
“At times I’ve been too scared to leave my house to go to work,” she said.
“I also work in an industry where being tired is an occupational hazard and can result in serious injury to myself and others.”
The woman said she suspects staff shortages have “left police completely powerless” to stop the anti-social behaviour.
“I just think there’s a lack of (police) staffing especially on weekends.”
The woman said she’d thought about moving but can’t afford to.