Braye Park, Newcastle

You are allowed to park at the top of the hill at any hour of the day

 

The ‘No Parking’ area begins at the entry to Boomerang Rd and ends just before the small parking bay near the top of the road – where the sign is located… this is to ensure residents are not disturbed and to observe cultural sensitivities with Aboriginal land.

The top of the hill is not affected, it is completely legal to park there – despite what officers may tell you.

If you were harassed and/or fined by police — immediately REPORT 

— SEEK LEGAL ADVICE – 

— DO NOT PAY ANY FINES —


“YOU HAVE TO HIDE TO BE SAFE”


We’d like to hear about your experiences… please contact us if you’ve—

  • ever had a negative experience with officer/s
  • ever had a positive experience with officer/s
  • ever encountered homophobic violence, been bashed/mugged, verbal abuse, etc.
  • reported homophobic violence to police and not received a professional response
  • reported harassment by an officer and/or made a complaint about an officer and not received a professional response
  • reported police harassment and/or homophobic violence to acon avp

You will remain anonymous, any personal details will be removed.

Thanks.

 “The NSW Police Force Code of Conduct and Ethics and Sexuality and Gender Diversity Policy, reinforce the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act, by emphasising that no form of discrimination or harassment will be tolerated and any breach might result in removal from NSW Police Force… ALL forms of harassment, discrimination, bullying, victimisation and vilification are unacceptable behaviours.”

Policy on Sexuality and Gender Diversity, 2011-14


Officers must behave in a professional manner at all times
— officers cannot make any inappropriate and/or homophobic comments (complain about an officer)

NSW Police Statement of Values
NSW Police Code of Conduct and Ethics
NSW Police Standards of Professional Conduct Booklet

 

To ensure you have a positive experience with officers…

  • if approached — REMAIN CALM and CONFIDENT
  • always stay close to one another… DO NOT SCATTER
  • NEVER RUN AWAY FROM POLICE, officers are trained to chase you and will possibly put your safety at risk – especially if you’re near a cliff.
  • politely ask the officer why you’ve been approached, and note anything officer/s do and say to you
  • always ask for the officer/s name, rank and station – they must tell you on approach and/or when requested

officers are required to display their identification badges at all times (contact us if they don’t, they’re likely to be looking for trouble)

if officers refuse, record the police vehicle details and note the time

should officers fail to identify themselves and/or act inappropriately toward you – calmly and politely ask for the officers details, and state clearly you will be making a complaint — you’re allowed to calmly walk away – you are not ‘resisting arrest’ or ‘failing to follow a direction’ if you do so

  • always be aware of your surroundings and safety when out and about
  • you have every right to be in a public place (this includes sitting in your vehicle in a public park) – officers cannot assume what you’re doing in the area, though they can ask you to ‘move on’ – please follow any reasonable direction given
  • officers cannot say that ‘you’ve been seen in the area before’ and/or search your vehicle (please contact us and make a complaint)
  • you’re allowed to photograph/video police, they cannot tell you otherwise
  • remember to be discrete at all times and considerate of other users of local parks, clean up any rubbish

Always assist others in danger, please look out for each other. 

Immediately contact police 000 if you encounter any danger. 

 


BE AWARE

January 14, 2015 – 11pm

Be on the lookout for a Silver Nissan Pulsar Sedan — rego commences with “AU” – contact police 000 IMMEDIATELY

They were seen barricading Boomerang Rd with an old bed frame, slats and council sign… then drove to the top of the hill and waited in their vehicle. Another guy was sighted hiding in the bushes at the bottom of Boomerang Rd and Edith St.

The driver is described as being tall, thin with dark hair, approx. early 20’s. He has been identified as the same guy throwing eggs.

Their intentions are not clear, but keep your distance… they are extremely dangerous.

Police have been notified along with registration details.

Please REPORT if you encounter them.

 


October 30, 2014

The Star Observer reports on the homophobic violence at Braye Park with an article that insults men who have experienced homophobic violence.

Officers at Newcastle and Waratah Police were aware of escalating violence in the area – this was not an ‘isolated incident’… men have reported damage to property, egg-throwing, muggings, and homophobic violence – providing dates, times, registration details, etc., yet police responded by harassing men (in particular a homophobic blonde female officer with a foul mouth), and attempted to fine men for legally parking in the area… we also understand that investigations were hindered by the SGD Team (again), and a complaint is being prepared.

As for ACON and the AVP, they have ignored reports of homophobic violence in the Hunter area for a number of years (we can’t forget ACON Sydney and Hunter ignoring homophobic violence at Croudace Bay Park, and investigations being hindered by the SGD Team because the teen basher was related to a senior police officer at Newcastle Police).

ACON and the AVP are not trusted because of their cosy relationship and funding arrangements with NSW Police, their involvement in shutting down beats, and working with Councils to install signage that vilifies men… no wonder men refuse to report to them.

ACON has clearly failed the community and should not be trusted to speak on our behalf anymore.

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Police play down crime fears after vicious assault at Newcastle beat

Local force “can’t rule out” homophobic link to assault but say city is safe for the LGBTI community

http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/local-news/new-south-wales-news/police-play-down-crime-fears-after-viscous-assault-at-newcastle-beat/129517

POLICE in Newcastle have told the Star Observer they believe an assault at a known beat, which left a man hospitalised, was an “isolated incident” despite reports gangs are targeting gay men in the area.

A 39-year-old man admitted himself to hospital on Wednesday, October 22 after being assaulted in the early hours of the morning in a car park adjacent to Braye Park, in the suburb of Waratah.

The victim, who had suffered a flat tyre, said he was dazzled by a bright light — possibly the head lights of a black ute which was in the car park at the time — and was then struck by a “projectile” that police have speculated could be a rock or similar blunt object.

He is now recovering from his injuries after having to undergo surgery from the attack.

Local media have reported “recurring” incidents whereby groups of young men have been targeting late night visitors to the park who are in turn fearful of speaking out in case their activities are revealed.

“I know of one friend who was assaulted by two young men who then stole his mobile phone and car keys before threatening to throw him off the cliff,” one man told the Newcastle Herald on condition of anonymity.

Another person reported being “threatened by a guy carrying a samurai sword… and the police don’t seem to want to do anything with it”.

Talking to the Star Observer, Newcastle City Command Crime Manager Steve Laksa said police were taking the incident seriously but the investigation had been hampered by a lack of witnesses and the time it took for them to be notified, which may have led to evidence being removed from the crime scene.

Several other vehicles were in the car park at the time and Laksa appealed for any witnesses to contact the police or Crimestoppers. He said why they were at Braye Park was not of interest and “privacy and confidentiality will be maintained”.

While there was no direct evidence to suggest the incident was homophobic in nature Laksa said it couldn’t be ruled out as “it is a known beat in the early hours of the morning so it is a potential motive”.

“Crimes of this nature are always of concern but this appears to be an isolated incident,” he said.

“Compared to our local area [crime in the park is] really insignificant – you could even call it a safe place.

“But I wouldn’t encourage people go there of a night, however, and you do have to have to maintain your personal security.”

In the last 12 months, one robbery and three assaults had been reported in the vicinity of Braye Park and while police do patrol the area Laksa said: “We focus on areas of high violence and crime and that isn’t one.”

Over the last two years, non-domestic violent crime has fallen by 9.6 per cent in Newcastle, with Laksa saying there were no “significant issues” when it came to bias-related crime be that on the grounds of race or sexuality.

LGBTI health promotion body ACON confirmed they had been in discussions with local police following the incident.

Chief executive Nicolas Parkhill said while ACON had received no direct reports from community members about homophobic violence occurring in Braye Park, “due to coverage in the local media about homophobic violence occurring at this location, we would advise people who use this area as a beat to exercise caution in order to ensure their safety”.

 

 


 

Saturday, October 26, 2014 

A man reported that a group of young guys in a very late model blue Hilux were yelling abuse, and then followed him as he left the area.

REPORT any incidents.

 


 

POLICE BLAME VICTIMS

Why is it that police are always quick to blame the victim…

Despite having reported muggings, egg-throwing, damage to vehicles/property, and homophobic violence at Braye Park to Waratah and Newcastle Police — providing dates, times, registration details, etc… nothing has been done to address the continuing violence in the area.

Police have instead responded with increased harassment by a homophobic blonde officer, and attempts to fine men for legally parking in a public place.

It is widely regarded that police are involved, so it’s important to REPORT any police activity and harassment. No wonder the community does not trust police.

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Gay bashing victims must come forward: police

POLICE have investigated only three attacks at renowned sex beat Braye Park  in Waratah in the past year, prompting a plea for more victims to come forward.

Authorities and Braye Park users both believe there is a high percentage of attacks, which some claim are  hate crimes by homophobic gangs, which are never reported because of fears from victims that their activities could be exposed.

But it has also left police with little to go on and no intelligence to increase patrols or specifically target areas such as Braye Park before assaults and robberies take place.

The Newcastle Herald revealed on Friday that gangs of young men have been preying on men who attend the public park for sex with strangers.

A man needed hospital treatment after being shot with an unknown projectile while he was standing near his car in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Park users have told the Herald that another man reported  an assault on him hours before the man was shot.

That assault, and many others, have not been reported to police.

Newcastle City local area commander Superintendent John Gralton said his officers had investigated three incidents, including two assaults, in the past year.

He said there was some evidence that a group of four young people had been in the park when the incidents took place.

‘‘The intelligence says it is not a hot spot,’’ Superintendent Gralton said.

‘‘But we plead with anyone who is a victim to report it to us and report it to us quickly.’’

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2648912/gay-bashing-victims-must-come-forward-police/?cs=305


Wednesday, September 3, 2014 

Police investigate Braye Park shooting

Oct. 22, 2014, 5 p.m.

http://www.theherald.com.au/story/2644188/police-investigate-braye-park-shooting/?cs=305

DETECTIVES are investigating why a man was shot as he stood next to his car near Braye Park at Waratah on Wednesday.

The man, aged in his 30s, has told police he was hit by an unknown projectile in the early morning, but drove home before he realised the extent of the injury.

An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police would not confirm what part of his body he was shot and his injuries were not life-threatening.

A crime scene had been set up around Braye Park as Newcastle City detectives continued to investigate.

 

Please contact the Police Assistance Line 1800 333 000 or Newcastle Police if you any information — you can remain anonymous… also REPORT


 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - approx 8pm

Reports of police van seen flashing lights and sounding siren at bottom car park… rego: BZ 76 JT

Unmarked vehicles also reported.

We sincerely hope they’re looking for the bashers/muggers who’ve targeted men and other people in the area, yet we seriously doubt this is the case… if you have any information and/or been assaulted, please contact us immediately.

Immediately REPORT if you’ve been approached by police and/or have a negative experience with officers … remain calm and make note of the time, what they say and do to you, and remember to ask their name — are they wearing identification?

 



HOMOPHOBIC OFFICER ALERT

Sunday, August 16, 2014 - approx 12am 2 uniformed officers from Waratah Police Station – a homophobic blonde female and a male, were harassing men at the top of the hill and bottom carpark.

They were driving an unmarked black Commodore (registration noted), and were approaching and intimidating men in the area.

Please be careful, the blonde officer was behaving in a particularly aggressive and homophobic manner toward men. The male threatened to fine men parked at the top of the hill.

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UPDATE
Further reports about this officer — after harassing a man, she yelled out “hope you’re not married!” — a man heard, ‘we can do whatever we want’ –  and there are more reports since 2012 below.

Our understanding is that Senior Officers and Bureaucrats will not investigate the actions of this homophobic officer… it’s unacceptable that these actions would be tolerated and/or considered ‘acceptable behaviour’ by officers, this undermines trust and deeply entrenches homophobic values within NSW Police.

We also express our disappointment that police have not responded in an appropriate and/or professional manner to recent reports of bashings/muggings and egg throwers targeting men in the area.

 



Sunday, August 3, 2014 - approx 7.15pm

A man reported seeing 3 males walking on the path, then hearing another man scream “I have no money” and running away – he was also yelling out to other men to run away.
The man indicated one male had dark ‘boyish’ hair and another looked ‘dark skinned’, both late teens early 20s. We understand it is likely the same males who’ve been assaulting and mugging people in the area.


July 30, 2014 – approx 11.35pm

The homophobes in the bronze Holden VT sedan — AG 34 KD — are back… they threw eggs at men on top of the hill. They also left the empty carton on the side of the road going down the hill.

Police have been notified.

Please REPORT if you’ve encountered any trouble. Reports also indicate they’ve been yelling homophobic abuse and throwing eggs at Raymond Terrace.



28 May, 2014

Reports of police activity in the area… we trust patrols are in response to recent bashings in the area.

please REPORT if you encounter any trouble.



23 April, 2014

A man was assaulted and robbed by two guys - believed to be aged between 18 and 22 (and a third much younger guy) – wearing hooded jumpers and dark clothing, and carrying a large knife/machete and metal pole.

They demanded cash and the man was robbed of his mobile phone and car keys.

It is most likely the same guys who were bashing and robbing men several months ago – they are extremely dangerous, please be careful.

Police have been notified.



January 10, 2014 – approx 9pm

A man reported his vehicle was intentionally damaged on top of the hill.

Two blonde females in a blue Hyundai Elantra Sedan with red P plates — BH 28 96 — and two men in a silver Holden ute with red P plates — BD 25 96 — were seen behaving in a suspicious manner. Police have been notified.

Please REPORT if your vehicle has been damaged and/or you’ve encountered any trouble.



January 4, 2014 – approx 9pm

A man reported being approached by a tall slim homophobe with a dark complexion – late teens early twenties, who was holding a bottle and trying to break it on the ground. The man swung at the homophobe and was able to get away safely.
There were other men in the park running to safety as three more homophobes were chasing them.

Please REPORT if you’ve encountered any trouble.



January 3, 2014 – approx 11.15pm

A man was savagely bashed by the same 4 cowardly homophobes. The man was repeatedly punched in the face and hit heavily from behind, and they also pulled a knife and demanded his wallet and phone. Police have been notified.

Please REPORT if you have any further information that may identify these cowards and/or you’ve encountered any trouble.



December 29, 2013 – approx 10.30pm

A man was attacked by 4 coward homophobes – 2 white guys and 2 from aboriginal descent – all early twenties slim, middleweight, carrying small but solid torches. The man was knocked to the ground and the homophobes demanded his wallet and phone. The man suffered a major cut to his hand during the attack.

Be careful… the homophobes used a knife and what appeared to be a gun. Police have been notified.

Please REPORT if you have any further information that may identify these cowards and/or you’ve encountered any trouble.

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16 November, 2013

A man reported four men — one older guy and 3 young men — yelling out ‘poofters’ and so on. They were in a blue Subaru station wagon with silver around the base — UIR 635 — that was parked on top of the hill. The next day, it was found that the new toilet block had been vandalised and was smashed up. Police have been notified.

Please REPORT if you’ve encountered any trouble.

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September 27, 2013 – approx 10.25pm

A man reported a beige Holden sedan with red P plates — BJ 74 FO — was seen throwing eggs at men and their vehicles parked on top of the hill… they were also doing burnouts.

Please REPORT if you’ve encountered any trouble.

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September 5, 2013 – approx 10.25pm

A man reported a bronze Holden VT sedan with green P plates — AG 34 KD — was seen throwing eggs at men and their vehicles parked on top of the hill. Police were notified of the incident.

Please REPORT if you’ve encountered any trouble.

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 August 23, 2013 – approx 12am

Report that a Waratah Police van – BH 60 LM – drove through the carpark, officers were seen recording registration details of vehicles in the area.

Officers CANNOT tell you that you’ve been seen in the area … they CANNOT record your vehicle registration simply for being in a area – you can Make a Complaint.  It is not illegal to be in a public place at any hour of the day – this is intimidation.

Please REPORT any incidents with police.

 

If you been approached by police…

note the date/time

note anything they do and say to you, attitude and tone of voice

were officers wearing identification and/or provided their name, rank and station when requested

vehicle registration and/or car details

you also have every right to take photos/video

  If you’re having any problems with police, please contact us a via EMAIL  – we are here to support and assist you.

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28 July, 2013

Watch out for the red commodore, it speeds towards you and throws eggs at your car… please be very careful – REPORT if you have any information

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 14 July, 2013 – 2.15am

The egg throwers are back… two Commodores both with Red P-Plates (registration details recorded) — one vehicle had a girl with long dark hair and round face sitting in the front passenger seat… please be very careful – REPORT if you have any information

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May 8, 2013

It’s been reported that a man was attacked and chased by a homophobe in white Magna with WA number plates… please be very careful – REPORT if you have any information

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 Late December, 2012 – homophobic police continue to target men in the park

8 December, 2012 – 9.30pm - female officer with blonde hair telling men they were ‘not allowed to park anywhere here because a lot of weirdos are getting here’

you have every right to park in the top car park

it’s unacceptable for any officer to make an inappropriate/homophobic comment… please REPORT any weirdos – particularly teenagers throwing eggs and homophobic officers bullying men.

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5 December, 2012 – 1.30am

Teenage homophobes in Silver Commodore Sedan with P-Plates – BZY 11A – throwing eggs at men and vehicles… police have been notified.

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19 August 2012 – 10pm

4 teenage homophobes in Silver Toyota Corolla Sedan – AT 25 GH – observed throwing eggs at men.

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28 July, 2012 – 3.30pm

Homophobes in unmarked dark-grey Commodore seen in the area, followed up the rear by officers in marked vehicle.

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July, 2012

Beware of the homophobic female police officer… she is making inappropriate and homophobic comments, and will intimidate you… we have raised this issue with Ch. Supt. Adney, who has failed to address this problematic and homophobic behaviour officers are also telling men it’s illegal to park on the hill – this is not true… signs indicate you have every right to park there, and you’re allowed to be in a public area at any time of the day.

if approached, the officer MUST provide their name, rank and station, and tell you the reason you’ve been approached — officers MUST provide this information prior to asking for your identification. you’re allowed to ask for the officer’s details and why you’ve been approached if they fail to do so… and you’re also allowed to ask why you’ve been questioned and asked to ‘move-on’.

if the officer refuses, note the date/time and vehicle registration/details, and anything that officers do and say to you – this will assist when making a complaint … you’re allowed to make a complaint if you believe you were treated unfairly or officers made an inappropriate/homophobic comment.

remember to always be polite and note what officers do and say to you, especially when officers attempt to harass and intimidate you.

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June 10, 2012  homophobic officers have increased patrols — monitor police activity — REPORT

officers have been approaching men in both car parks, requesting personal details, recording vehicle registration details, and threatening to fine men parked at top of hill. officers are also failing to clearly display their identification badge, and not identifying themselves on approach… ask for the officers name, rank and station and/or note the vehicle registration details if they refuse to provide their details

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30th May, 11pm — officers observed driving around park at excessive speeds and making inappropriate and homophobic comments.

a homophobic female officer yelled from police vehicle BP 61 EP — ‘we can do whatever we want’

also be aware that police are further intimidating and harassing men by stopping vehicles after leaving the park, and requesting driver and passenger identification — remain calm and ask why you’ve been stopped and questioned – note what they do and say to you… remember to always ask for the officers name, rank and station – or simply note the vehicle registration details if they refuse to provide these details — these matters have been raised with Chief Supt. Donna Adney.

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10 March, 2012 – report that police are patrolling the park – they are following vehicles and recording vehicle registrations…

if approached or you see police, note the vehicle details and anything officers do and say to you — REPORT

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Sunday Morning January 30 — approx 12.30am — the assistance of Waratah Police officers was requested following an incident where a man confronted another man and attempted to hit him over the head when he turned his back. It’s been reported the man has previously put his and others safety at risk, and has been violent toward men in the area over the last couple of months.

We would like to sincerely thank Waratah Police officers for their assistance and prompt action in moving this man on, and treating the matter in a professional manner. If you encounter any trouble in the area, please do not hesitate to seek assistance from police — call 000 immediately

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It’s been reported that at 1.50am on Sunday morning – July 31, a police vehicle was observed driving recklessly around the park and playground areas, tearing up the surrounding grassed areas, and harassing men.

I drove into Braye Park. when I reached the top of the hill, I saw that someone was driving all over the park. I stopped the car and got out to have a closer look, it was a police paddy wagon driving around the playground area. I got back in my car and drove around to the other side of the park, there was two cars parked there. I drove back around to see what was going on and the police paddy wagon was in front of me. The police paddy wagon drove around the wrong way at the top of the hill. I didn’t know what to do as the top of the hill is only one way, so I drove around the right way. Police drove past me and waited for me to exit, which I did. The police followed me down the road. I pulled over and the police kept driving. I took the rego of the police car (BD 55 QG). The next day, I went back to Braye Park to see the result of police driving over the park. I took many photos of the destruction by police early sunday morning.

Read about your Rights and what to do if approached… and view Police Activity in Newcastle