Kids run riot in Wonga
CHILDREN as young as 12 have been dealt with for breaking into a house and stealing property at Wonga Beach.
Seven Wonga Beach youths have been in trouble with police lately, sparking debate about the lack of facilities for children and teenagers in the area.
Six juveniles aged 12 and 13 were dealt with by Mossman police last week after allegedly breaking into a Wonga Beach home earlier this month, breaking windows and stealing property.
Mossman police dealt with them under the Youth Justice Act 1992, however, on a separate incident a 16- year- old Wonga Beach teen was charged with public nuisance. The 16-year-old was charged last week after allegedly abusing people about 3am on March 14 and will appear in the Mossman Juvenile Court.
Mossman Police Officer- inCharge Sergeant Matty Smith said the police are happy with the result, which has come directly from the assistance from member of the public.
‘‘It’s a timely reminder that parents need to know where their children are when not at home,’’ he said.
‘‘We are happy with the result, the kids all come from good homes and we suspect we won’t have any further contact with the children involved.’’
When the Gazette asked on social media about residents’ thoughtsthe responses were all similar - it’s an issue of boredom.
Several points were made about building a skate park or some other recreational facility and making the parents responsible. Wonga Beach father Wil Waasdorp said on Facebook improving the BMX track, organising beach volleyball or basketball courts would improve the situation.