POLICE are warning thieves to back off following reports of looting in flood-ravaged towns across northern NSW.
Following recent widespread flooding in Tumbulgum, Murwillumbah and Chinderah, police have received reports concerning potential looting within the affected areas.
As a result, officers from the Tweed and Byron Local Area Command have increased patrols in the area.
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The commander of the 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,” Supt Starling said.
“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.”