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Cleo Smith discovered: 24/7 police patrols dedicated to keeping close watch over Terence Kelly’s Carnarvon home

Police are keeping a close watch over the home of Cleo Smith’s alleged kidnapper, with a dedicated group of officers patrolling the street every hour of the day, seven days a week.

A team of local cops were assigned to keep watch of Terence Darrell Kelly’s Tonkin Crescent home on Thursday, after the crime scene tape that had been wrapped around the property for nine days was finally torn down.

Prior to that the duplex-style property had been under constant police guard and scoured by forensics since November 3 — the day four-year-old Cleo was found locked inside a room inside the home.

GEN A police van patrols Tonkin Crescent where Terence Kelly lived and where he allegedly kept Cleo Smith after kidnapping her.
Camera IconPolice outside of the Tonkin Crescent home. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

A week-and-a-half later on Thursday, the property that had been the global focus of Taskforce Rodia since Cleo’s rescue was finally boarded up by contractors and the front gate slammed closed.

That and 24/7 police patrols now being conducted in the area are all part of authorities’ efforts to protect the property from looters and even potential vigilante attacks.

GEN Carnarvon Acting Officer in Charge Sen-Sgt Lindsay Collett at Carnarvon Police Station. Pic. Iain Gillespie The West Australian
Camera IconCarnarvon Acting Officer in Charge Sen-Sgt Lindsay Collett at Carnarvon Police Station. Credit: Iain Gillespie/The West Australian

Carnarvon Acting Officer in Charge Sen-Sgt Lindsay Collett told The West Australian that the station had a “dedicated” team whose sole focus was protecting Kelly’s home.

“Of course we do. We’ve got a number of vehicles patrolling Tonkin Crescent — dedicated officers designated to that area,” he said.

“To specifically patrol that street.”

One crew was seen driving in the area and pulling cars over for random breath tests throughout Friday night.

Another was spotted driving past the house, slowing down on approach, several times on Saturday morning.

“They’re out there 24/7, patrolling,” Sen-Sgt Collett said.

Despite a large cohort of people seen gathering on the street the night before, he said police “haven’t had any issues yet”.

It comes after some locals expressed concern the place could be damaged, broken into or targeted by firebombers as what remained of the large contingency of police officers, forensics and detectives that have flooded Carnarvon for weeks leaving on Friday afternoon.

One neighbour was so scared of possible “revenge” attacks he revealed he was moving out of the duplex.

Missing girl Cleo Smith, 4.
Camera IconCleo Smith. Credit: Facebook / Ellie Smith/Facebook / Ellie Smith

“The house will be smashed,” he told 7NEWS. “A lot of people are disappointed and angry about what has happened, so there’s a greater chance that once the police are gone, we expect something will happen.

“100 per cent sure they will come here and smash the house.”

Forensics were at Mr Kelly’s home every day since Cleo was found apart from Wednesday November 10, when a chemical called Superfume was sprayed inside to turn up any latent fingerprints.

In the nine days it was under guard, the home was turned upside down as detectives searched for evidence.

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