Core youth crime group also damaged Mt Archer school

ROCKHAMPTON police have charged eight juveniles they believe are at the centre of recent trouble at Stockland Rockhampton.

Acting Inspector Ben Carroll said the group of juveniles, aged 10 to 15, have been charged with numerous offences.

"They have been charged with multiple offences of wilful damage, trespass and endangering safety of vehicles by throwing objects," Acting Insp Carroll said.

"They have been charged, cautioned or referred to youth justice conferencing.

"There are a number of suspects that have been identified by police that are still outstanding and police will continue to work through, locate and prosecute these offenders."

Acting Insp Carroll said the charges came after numerous reports of damage caused by juveniles throwing rocks at vehicles travelling near Stockland on Sunday.

"Police will continue to work closely with Stockland Rockhampton management and other businesses in the Aquatic Place precinct and will take a no-tolerance approach to the unlawful activity that has occurred in recent weeks," he said.

Youths were also charged with wilful damage offences at Mt Archer Primary School after a number of windows were smashed.

Acting Insp Carroll said police would maintain a heavy patrol presence in North Rocky in an effort to deter and quell offences.

"Police are pleading with the public to take control of their children and are saddened by the fact that the majority of offenders are so young," he said.


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