Meet the new bike brigade
WITH gangs of youths running wild along Yaamba Road, Rockhampton police are swapping four-wheel vehicles for two to clean things up.
Constables Glen Robertson and Aaron Green are among several officers who have taken to the streets this week following complaints from local businesses.
Last Saturday The Morning Bulletin revealed groups of up to 50 youths, some as young as 11, were terrorising the Red Hill/Yaamba Road area after hours.
Some were urinating out the front of businesses, others were spitting on windows while some were believed to be in-volved in more serious crimes including break-and-enters.
Rockhampton District Inspector Graham Coleman said rather than just moving on the youths, those who misbehaved could ex-pect to be hit with public nuisance charges.
"If their behavour continues we will take enforcement ac-tion,'' he said.
He said the group was also intimidating customers at the BP service station.
"We've observed them walking through the service station in large groups while people are trying to fill up ... it's unacceptable in this day and age that people are intimidated like that,'' he said.
Inspector Coleman said the pushbike patrols were simply a matter of getting down to the youths' level.
"They are out here on pushbikes so we are doing the same.''
He said police would maintain an after-hours presence in the area until the problems stopped.