A TAMWORTH MP has used the latest attack as fresh ammunition in the push for a drug dog to be set up in town.
Kevin Anderson said the Superette robbery highlighted the need for a drug detection dog to be stationed permanently in Tamworth.
“It’s not good enough that we don’t have that resource,” he said.
“It was incredibly frightening for those involved and I’ve been thinking of them today.
“The anguish and the trauma and the fear they would have been feeling.”
He is forging ahead with a meeting with the parliamentary secretary for police today and is pushing for a meeting with the police minister, while parliament sits this week.
Yesterday, he also sat down with Superette owner Barry Bourne and talked to staff involved, as well as the local crime manager, promising to step up their fight for more resources in the wake of the latest robbery.
“Here is another terrible incident that had serious consequences and we need to address it,” Mr Anderson said.
“What we need to do is get the police everything they need.
“And if police say they need a dog unit then we need to get one.”
The parliamentary secretary for police had already knocked back a request for a dog unit in Tamworth last month but Mr Anderson said he’s undeterred, this time taking his plight to the minister.