Hoons on a deadly mis­sion

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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.

Pic­ture: EVAN MOR­GAN

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.

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