Top cop fed up
THE top police officer for the Coffs-Clarence command has had enough of juveniles running rampant around his patch and wants parents to take more notice of what their children are up to.
Commander Mark Holahan’s comments follow yesterday morning’s riot in Yamba, but he said yesterday it was just the latest in a string of offences being carried out by juveniles.
“As a community we are getting sick to death of hearing about the activities of some juveniles,” he said.
Eight of those charged in relation to the weekend riot were juveniles and were released on strict bail conditions and are expected to appear before a bail court in Grafton this morning.
Police said more charges were likely to follow.
Commander Holahan said it was impossible to comprehend why some juveniles behaved the way they did.
“It seems some parents simply aren’t taking responsibility for their kids,” he said.
Offences, such as rioting, carried maximum sentences of 15 years jail and malicious damage 12 years.
“We’ve got 16-year-olds facing these,” he said.
He said police knew there were three people other than those who were already charged who could assist with inquiries.
“We are asking them to come forward before someone comes knocking on their door,” he said.
“There were others at the party who were disgusted with what went on and I would also encourage them to come forward with information.”