Crime blitz reaps rewards

FOUR children aged under 16 have been arrested and charged with alleged offences including break-and-enter and malicious damage.

The arrests came after specialist police from Coffs Harbour and Grafton attended a number of South Grafton premises yesterday morning.

Four young males - an 11-year-old, two 13-year-olds and a 15-year-old - were charged with break and enter and stealing, trespassing and malicious damage.

They are expected to appear in Grafton Children's Court in coming months.

Inspector Murray Gillett said the outcome was a continuation of the efforts of local police, agencies and the community to tackle South Grafton's youth crime spike.

"The police work for this community; we live in this community so we take a great interest in it, but we certainly need the community's support if we are to continue to move forward," he said.

"We are expanding on our strategies and looking at a multi-agency approach."

Insp Gillett said a meeting held yesterday with representatives from local schools, the Department of Family and Community Services, specialist police and Aboriginal liaison officers worked to identify young offenders most likely to respond to youth rehabilitation programs.

"We put forward a number of people we may have some success with, and (the agencies) will target those youth as a strategy to keep them out of the judicial system," Insp Gillett said.

"The agencies involved will meet again at length (tomorrow) as we continue to drive our strategies for crime reduction in South Grafton."



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