Robert Schwarten with Will Cordwell at the Ascot Hotel speak about youth crime.
Robert Schwarten with Will Cordwell at the Ascot Hotel speak about youth crime. Allan Reinikka

Juvenile likened to London rioters

JUVENILE repeat offenders in Rockhampton have been likened to the youth in the British riots.

Member for Rockhampton Robert Schwarten says the local repeat offenders are like the British rioters in that they have no respect for property, people, for themselves or for anything else.

Mr Schwarten made this comment at the same time as he called on the State and Federal Governments to hold a review of all taxpayers' money being spent in the youth justice system, and other support systems, in Rockhampton.

His call comes after the Ascot Hotel – a repeat target of criminals – was broken into on Saturday at 7pm by three young offenders, who were arrested, released on Sunday morning, and it is believed that one or two returned on Sunday at 9pm to break into the pub again.

“The police are catching these people and they are going off and doing it again,” Mr Schwarten said.

“These kids are subject to all manner of orders as a result of this and I want to know who it is that has responsibility that taxpayers are paying, to look after these kids and why that's not happening.

“We've tried the whole business of the offender and the victim getting together. Well, this bloke here has tried on a number of occasions to make that happen and the offenders continue to thumb their nose at us.

“We've pretty well exhausted every avenue that we have in terms of laws. I'm looking for other laws, sensible ones.”

Mr Schwarten and the owner of Ascot Hotel, Will Cordwell, raised these issues with Premier Anna Bligh last Tuesday, with the Premier promising to get Community Services Minister Karen Struthers to look into the State's funds and organisations.



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