|Ramblings of a Westie !
||[May. 9th, 2008|11:47 pm]
On May 7th. I commented
I haven't seen anything in the local press on this despite the fact it seemingly happened over a week ago. Police raids in St. Marys are unprecedented....
While this may be true with regards to St. Marys it hasn't been the case in Blacktown where the adult shops are open/closed/open/closed fairly regularly and have been for years
From the Blacktown Advocate...
Planning a crime?
Wednesday 7 May, 2008 12:01am
POLICE have launched a six-week blitz on all criminal activity along Main St in a bid to clean up the "face of Blacktown".
Sgt David Donovan from Blacktown Proactive Crime Team said 15 operations targeting different aspects of criminal activity would be rolled out over the coming weeks. Officers had already conducted a sniffer dog operation at Blacktown rail station and seized more than $100,000 in unclassified pornography from two adult bookshops in Main St.
"Anyone committing a crime, whether it's a major drug supply or a guy in a two-dollar shop trying to sell a fake Rolex watch, we will take action," Sgt Donovan said. "We, just like anyone, are sick of walking up Main St and seeing drug-affected people, suspicious behaviour and all sorts of different types of criminal activity.
sniffer dogs at Blacktown railway station are nothing new and neither are police raids on the adult stores in Main Street...
New South Wales police conduct selective enforcement based on the whims of the local constabulary.
... and they're clamping down on truancy
Sydney Morning Herald..
Sunanda Creagh Urban Affairs Reporter
May 8, 2008
CHILDREN have been prevented from boarding their school buses by a new policy that aims to ban truants from a Western Sydney shopping centre.
Westpoint in Blacktown has become the first shopping centre in Sydney to forbid children in school uniforms entering between 9.30am and 2.30pm.
The move, described as discriminatory by the Council for Civil Liberties, has received the full support of the Premier, Morris Iemma. "It's a sign of community spirit when people feel a responsibility to encourage young people to be in school. Our levels of truancy are low, but we take it seriously because losing engagement in school is one of the early signs of problems for young people," a spokesman for Mr Iemma said.
Today I took a trip into Penrith and was selected by a lurking hairdresser and given a free haircut. They are training a new recruit and were lurking in a dark corner waiting for long haired tired old codgers.
In St. Marys only items that carry X-rated stickers ( and look as though they might be X-rated ) remain on the shelves - hundreds of them. In Blacktown I guess the adult stores didn't bother printing X-rated stickers. They look authentic to an untrained eye. The police in St. Mary's aren't so fussed about pornography as they are in Blacktown. I know that because I asked them about it back in 2004. I was told then that the issue of raids had never entered their minds even though they know it's officially illegal.
In my opinion this is no way to conduct law enforcement. It's a pity we don't have effective government in New South Wales.
In my opinion it's a disgrace !