Hoons on a deadly mission
tice system,” he said. “They also threw a can of alcohol at a passing man who was on a motorcycle.
“We had information that they may have had a firearm … however, we don’t know whether that was true.
“These people have presented a serious threat to community. “It’s a complete disregard for the safety of the community.”
Insp Jackson said in a separate event on Saturday night, a stolen car was driven into The Lakes.
“Most of those people left the scene on the arrival of police,” he said.
“Police were able to speak to a small number of people who didn’t appear to be involved in the theft of the vehicle but had been involved in some sort of interaction with the people who stole the car.
“We’re not suggesting this was vigilante action but we would remind people that if they become aware of a stolen vehicle the first choice would be to ring police immediately.”
Anyone with information which could help police in their investigation should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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YESTERDAY was a scary day to be on Townsville roads.
Police spent hours trying to catch teenage offenders who wreaked havoc across the city.
Knowing that these youths were out on the road, stealing cars and causing chaos is enough to strike fear into the hearts of good, law- abiding people who deserve the right to go about their business without being run off the road.
One man was left with a broken nose after an attempted carjacking yesterday.
A motorcyclist was hit in the chest by a can thrown from one of these hooning vehicles.
People are getting injured by these young people who have no regard for the lives of those around them.
Unfortunately, it took the tragic killing of a Wulguru grandmother last year to prompt a review of parole laws.
Will it take a similar disaster to prompt decisive action on youth justice?
The way the thieves were driving yesterday, a fatality seems like only a matter of time.
What will it take to convince leaders the current system is broken?
Will it take someone getting killed by this kind of reckless behaviour on our city’s roads to galvanise our politicians into action?
The weekend’s havoc must surely unnerve those who were already worried about how the introduction of specialised bail homes in Townsville suburbs for young criminals might play out.
There are already many questions and not a lot of answers about what impact this radical move might have.
If one big problem is children spurring each other on to more daring crimes, what will putting a bunch of them in the same home do?
Will being supervised by youth justice staff negate the effects of young offenders living together and laughing about their exploits?
Townsville is fed up with being run roughshod by these young criminals.
It’s long past the time for a change.
CRIME SPREE: Police at Kallanda St, Mount Louisa, where a white Toyota Camry stolen from Cairns was dumped; ( below) a stolen LandCruiser is driven through a Vincent park with police in pursuit.