Police face off against the Knitting Nannas outside Thomas George's office at Lismore.
Police face off against the Knitting Nannas outside Thomas George's office at Lismore.

Cop: Knitting Nanna ‘crackdown’ just a ‘friendly’ chat

IT SEEMS the much-hyped police "crackdown" against the Knitting Nannas regular protests outside Lismore MP Thomas George's office was nothing more than hot air, according to the police officer at the centre of the controversy.

Richmond Local Area Command Inspector Nicole Bruce said stories circulating in the media and - actively encouraged by the Knitting Nannas - about a post-election "crackdown" were incorrect.

Inspector Bruce said police last Thursday were responding to single complaint had been made on the day by a member of the public.

She would not comment further on the nature of the complaint, but said police simply sought to have a "friendly discussion" over the legalities of what the Nannas were doing.

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"We intended to discuss the situation and establish lines of communication," Inspector Bruce said.

Inspector Bruce said she informed the Nannas that their actions could be illegal only if obstruction of the footpath occurred, and if it became too large they might need a "Form 1", which grants permission to hold an authorised public assembly.

"I've since had conversations with members of the group," she said.

"We have established a line of communication and we're just reinforcing that we want to ensure public safety."

Police would most likely not make an appearance at the Nannas' next planned "knit-in" tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon unless they received another complaint.

 


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