Po­lice op­er­a­tion cracks down on street gangs

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

PO­LICE have taken steps to drive a wedge be­tween street gang mem­bers plagu­ing Mt Druitt.

In a new ap­proach for the com­mand, Mt Druitt Su­per­in­ten­dent Jeff Philippi said a big part of Op­er­a­tion Hol­ly­dene on Fri­day in­volved door­knocks to serve 15 pre­emp­tive con­sort­ing warn­ings on known gang mem­bers.

Seven­teen peo­ple were ar­rested dur­ing the op­er­a­tion for var­i­ous of­fences.

About 8.15pm, The Stan- dard wit­nessed po­lice ar­rest a teen, who ap­peared to be heav­ily in­tox­i­cated and yelling, on the cor­ner of Koomooloo and Sedg­man cres­cents at Shalvey.

As talks be­tween po­lice and the teen es­ca­lated, the boy was hand­cuffed and driven from the scene.

A small and vo­cal crowd formed around the in­ci­dent.

Some filmed the ar­rest on their phones, while oth­ers called out ob­jec­tions, in­clud­ing “po­lice bru­tal­ity at its finest”.

Supt Philippi said the teen was driven home for his own safety and would be dealt with un­der the Young Of­fend­ers Act.

The Stan­dard fol­lowed po­lice as they door­knocked known gang mem­bers.

From the 17 ar­rests, 20 charges were laid in­clud­ing one breach ap­pre­hended do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­der, two breach of bail, three dis­qual­i­fied driv­ers and six sus­pended driv­ers.

Po­lice also charged three peo­ple for mid-range drinkdriv­ing, one for low-range drink-driv­ing and an­other for spe­cial-range drinkdriv­ing.

Two peo­ple were charged with of­fen­sive be­hav­iour and one for pos­sess pro­hib­ited drug.

A cannabis cau­tion and two Young Of­fend­ers Act cau­tions were is­sued for pos­sess pro­hib­ited drug.

Six fines for of­fences re­lated to of­fen­sive lan­guage and be­hav­iour were also is­sued.

Po­lice handed out 47 traf­fic in­fringe­ment no­tices and 17 rail in­fringe­ment no­tices.

A to­tal of 630 ran­dom breath tests were con­ducted, and 30 bail com­pli­ance checks were done.

Pic­tures: Dave Swift

Po­lice talk to young peo­ple in the streets of Shalvey as they look for known gang mem­bers and is­sue warn­ings about pre­emp­tive con­sort­ing.

A teen taken into cus­tody.

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