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WHERE ARE THEIR PARENTS? Teen thugs terrorise streets of CBD

THE community is being warned after young people have been caught throwing rocks at cars along Targo St late at night.

The group of youths are often seen congregating outside McDonalds and then move south towards the intersection of Targo and George Sts causing trouble along the way.

On Thursday night there were reports that one person's windscreen was smashed and another had rocks pelted at their car.

This isn't the first time it has happened.

Social media lit up last month with reports of "thugs" causing chaos in the Targo St area by throwing rocks at cars.

A group of youths were taken to the Bundaberg Police Station on Thursday night after the reports from the public.

District crime prevention co-ordinator Senior Constable Danielle Loftus confirmed police were investigating two wilful damage offences where rocks had allegedly been thrown and damaged vehicles.

"It is alleged the offences occurred on September 22 at around 11.30pm on Targo St and at around midnight on Woondooma St," she said.

"Information suggests there were between three and six youths involved, although I'm unable to confirm this or age/gender."

McDonalds City owner Mel Manley said they have had a number of serious problems involving children as young as 10 in the past.

And a number of children were now prohibited from entering the food outlet.

She said on Thursday night Bundaberg police were searching for children after reports of the Targo St incidents.

"My on duty manager said last night (Thursday) there was a bit of trouble again and police came in looking for the children," she said.

"We have actually had to ban them from coming into the store."

Mrs Manley said one of the banished children now had to appear in court after breaking the banning notice.

She praised the police for responding in a timely manner and acting on the reports.

"I know several businesses along Targo St have had issues with these young kids," she said.

"The kids speak awfully to the police and are constantly upsetting the customers to say the least."

Consequences for throwing rocks can vary from $48 fines to charges leading to court appearances.

Snr Const Loftus said every situation would be investigated based on the circumstances presented and when youth were involved they were dealt with according to the provisions of the Youth Justice Act 1992.

Topics:  children, rock throwing, targo st, terror



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