A South Dunedin synthetic cannabis shop is a magnet for
anti-social behaviour, Supporting Families in Mental Illness
manager Jackie McKenzie says.
Her comments follow the burglary of the shop early yesterday.
Senior Sergeant Bruce Ross, of Dunedin, said four youths aged
15 to 17 ''smashed'' into the Prince Albert Rd store at
A police dog and handler followed a track to a Young St
house, where the four were arrested.
They were charged with burglary, he saidMs McKenzie said
there had been a spate of antisocial behaviour in the area
since the shop opened in August.
On September 16, two men wearing balaclavas and wielding
baseball bats smashed the front window of the Supporting
Families in Mental Illness office, two doors down from the
She believed the senseless vandalism was retaliation for her
being ''vocal'' about wanting the council to create exclusion
zones for synthetic cannabis shops, so they could not sell
around schools and mental health organisations.
''Whether it's illegal parking, kids on skateboards in the
middle of the road, or people loitering, there has certainly
been an increase'' in antisocial behaviour.''