Thornlie residents “fed up” with thefts, vandalism

Thornlie residents “fed up” with thefts, vandalism

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A small group of people have been terrorising the residents of Osprey Way in Thornlie.

After years of mental and emotional torment, the residents of Osprey Way in Thornlie have had enough.

Many residents have either witnessed or heard about various incidents of assault, theft, hooning, and vandalism.

Last month, one resident captured footage of a brawl in the middle of the street.

Residents are adamant that those responsible live in one house, presided over by the Department of Communities, on Osprey Way.

One resident, who did not wish to be identified, said the situation has escalated over the past few months.

He and many others have issued complaints to the department and to local police.

“They [the alleged culprits] do whatever they want,” he said.

“Right now, for example, they have rubbish piling up in front of their house…there’s so many people living there that the bin can’t handle it.

“We have all become affected by their behaviour…it’s been going on for years. We’re all fed up with it.”

Department of Communities executive director, service delivery Lindsay Hale said they would continue to investigate the matter.

“We are investigating multiple complaints of disruptive behaviour at a tenancy on Osprey Wy,” she said.

“The department expects that its tenants make some effort to live in harmony with their neighbours.

“Corroborating evidence is needed in order to take action, under the Disruptive Behaviour Management Policy.

“When we are notified of suspected illegal activities at or inside public housing, we work closely with WA Police and exchange information to best manage these matters.”

Speaking with Examiner Newspapers, Thornlie MLA Chris Tallentire has sent a harsh warning to those responsible.
“There is no room for anti-social behaviour or criminal activity in our neighbourhoods,” he said.

“Following calls from constituents, I’ve been in touch with the local police and the Minister for Housing.

“The Department of Communities is currently investigating a number of complaints.

“They have advised me that if any of the complaints are substantiated, they will be taking appropriate action.

“I have every confidence in the local police and relevant authorities to deal with this when called, and when they have evidence to take action.”

Canning Vale Police were contacted for comment, but were not able to respond in time for publication.