Kids run riot in Wonga

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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