Young crims terrorise shop owners
LARGE gangs of youths are running wild on a busy Rockhampton street, terrorising businesses and the public. ? Children as young as 11, in groups of up to 50, are converging on Yaamba Road at night, urinating on buildings, spitting on windows and harassing customers at the BP Service Station.
Most of the activity is taking place in the area between Main Street and Richardson Road which includes Highway Palms Shopping Centre, Red Hill Homemakers Centre and Lawrence's Holden.
Rockhampton police yesterday revealed the full extent of the problem, providing The Morning Bulletin with video footage recorded in the area on Thursday night.
The videotape shows a large number of youths hanging around Betta Electrical on Yaamba Road and includes vision of a youth on a bike being pursued by two police officers.
District Inspector Graham Coleman yesterday warned the gangs to curb their behaviour or face the full force of the law.
"If they continue we will be using the full power of legislation to ensure businesses in the area and the public are not disrupted,'' he said.
Inspector Coleman said some of the group were believed to be involved in more serious crimes including breaking into nearby businesses.
Six youths were yesterday charged with a total of 27 offences relating to a break and enter at Repco in the Highway Palms Shopping Centre on Thursday night.
Inspector Coleman said more police were in the area in the past week after complaints from business owners.
He said 19 youths were moved on on Thursday night.