Sta­tion dam­aged in cry for at­ten­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Three glass pan­els at the front en­trance of the Kar­ratha po­lice sta­tion were dam­aged early last week af­ter a teenage boy al­legedly smashed them with a rock in an ef­fort to get af­ter-hours po­lice at­ten­tion.

Kar­ratha po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior Sergeant Andy Stevens said at 10pm on Mon­day, Novem­ber 14, a ju­ve­nile male had al­legedly ar­rived at the sta­tion in an emo­tional state and seek­ing po­lice at­ten­dance.

He al­legedly grabbed a rock and used it to smash three of the glass pan­els at the front of the sta­tion to get of­fi­cers’ at­ten­tion.

Of­fi­cers came out­side and re­strained the boy, and he has since been re­ferred to com­mu­nity agen­cies for as­sis­tance.

Sen. Sgt Stevens said it was “very rare” for po­lice sta­tions, in­clud­ing the Kar­ratha build­ing, to be dam­aged or van­dalised.

How­ever, he said there were oc­ca­sional in­ci­dents.

“It does hap­pen every now and then,” he said. “And it is be­cause peo­ple of­ten come here in a state of cri­sis and lash out.”

The cost of re­pair­ing the pan­els has not been de­ter­mined, but Sen. Sgt Stevens said he ex­pected it would be ex­pen­sive, as they were made of cy­clon­er­ated glass that must be man­u­fac­tured in and sent up from Perth.

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