The problem of hoons at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park is growing worse say concerned locals.

Officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command were this morning (Friday, 31 March) investigating the destruction of a vehicle that had been parked at the intersection of General San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, and McCarrs Creek Road.

Car destroyed by vandals at Gen San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

The destroyed car, a light-blue 2009 Hyundai Getz hatchback, had been parked to the side of the road, next to the fire hazard sign, and was still in good condition as of Wednesday afternoon (image below).

It is understood that the vehicle was parked on the side of the road because the owner, a Northern Beaches local, had been pulled over by police and issued with a traffic infringement, which resulted in the suspension of their NSW Driver Licence.

Car destroyed by vandals at Gen San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

A NSW Police spokesperson confirmed the vehicle had been parked at the location for one week. Locals believe the vehicle attracted the attention of hoons who have been gathering regularly at the intersection at night before driving dangerously into the National Park.

One such gathering was last night (Thursday, 30 March), and the Hyundai was found this morning on the other side of the road, run into bushes, with all windows smashed and damage to every body panel on the vehicle. It is understood the owner only has third party property insurance, and the vehicle is damaged beyond repair.

Car destroyed by vandals at Gen San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Cottage Point Rural Fire Brigade Captain Jon Russell said the problem of hoons was becoming worse for residents of Cottage Point, despite the best efforts of police.

Jon Russell

Jon Russell

“Council put speed humps along McCarrs Creek Road through Church Point, that didn’t fix the problem, it simply moved the problem. Once they implemented those speed humps, the hoons were moved towards us in the park.

“At the entrance to the park, the junction of General San Martin Drive, and McCarrs Creek Road, Terry Hills, is where all the hoons are gathering at night. We’ve had up to 27 cars there one night.

“Frenchs Forest Highway Patrol have been doing a fantastic job trying to remove that problem, but they can only be there so often. They had been working very positively for us, and it had gone away, but the problem is back again with a vengeance.

“To think that someone can leave a perfectly good car parked there, and in 48 hours, literally, it’s destroyed,” said Capt. Russell.

Car destroyed by vandals at Gen San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Captain Russell believes the hoons are attracted by the remote nature of the area, believing they can drive without being observed by police. Their behaviour is putting the lives of other motorists in danger however, and causing Cottage Point residents to become concerned for their safety.

“They have been driving through the park and at high speeds on many occasions, frightening the hell out of motorists that live at Cottage Point.

“They have come into Cottage Point on a number of occasions revving their engines. We’ve found them at the end of Notting Lane, which they can’t get out of with these low slung cars, it’s not easy to turn around.

“We had one resident one evening, turn the floodlights on only to be greeted by half-a-dozen young fellows relieving themselves in full view. It’s becoming a regular feature on Tuesday, Thursday and sometimes Sunday night.

“They will sometimes congregate at what we call ‘the saddle’, which is a section of Cottage Point Road where you can see Smiths Creek on one side, and Coal and Candle Creek the other. They’ll leave all their Kentucky Fried rubbish all over the ground.

“It’s the way young people are going today, and I think a lot of them are from out of area. It’s making it hard for the decent young locals that might want to just go out there of a night, pull up and chill out with their friends. We all did that once, we’re not trying to stop that, we’re just trying to stop these lunatics.

“Last night was just the most blatant destruction of a perfectly good car,” said Capt. Russell.

NSW Police vehicle parked at General San Martin Drive, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

A NSW Police spokesperson has confirmed an investigation into the destruction of the Hyundai Getz ‘by unknown persons’ is now underway. The vehicle has been impounded and a forensic examination will be conducted.

The spokesperson also said Northern Beaches Highway Patrol officers regularly patrol the roads at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to enforce road safety.

Anyone who may have witnessed anyone near the vehicle or causing damage, or have other information about people responsible for antisocial behaviour in the National Park, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Jon Russell

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000

NSW Police are seeking public assistance in relation to this matter. If you have any information that may assist them with their inquiries, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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