Children are arrested, warned and & # 39; treated & # 39; after they ignite at least EIGHT of the furious forest fires tearing through Queensland
- Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said children were responsible for fires
- She said the punishment for children depended on the effects of the fire
- Bushfire emergency in Queensland has forced hundreds of people out of homes
Children have lit at least eight of the dozens of fires that have contributed to an emergency in the Queensland forest fire.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says that children have been arrested, warned or treated in the context of our restorative justice processes.
& # 39; Some of them were children who just played with fire, some intentional and of course some repeated offenses, & # 39; she told Seven & # 39; s Sunrise program on Wednesday.
Children have lit at least eight of the dozens of fires that have contributed to an emergency in the Queensland forest fire. Pictured: Peregian Beach was one of the worst hit areas by fire
& # 39; We had a circumstance in which a child played with fire and escaped.
& # 39; Every circumstance has been different, but all have been addressed in different ways. It has all been acted upon. & # 39;
She said the punishment depended on the consequences of the fire and & # 39; the intention of what happened & # 39 ;.
The Youth Justice Act can deter a child with a warning if he or she has no criminal history, with tasks of community service and restorative justice also available to authorities.
A 12-year-old boy was treated Tuesday under the law about a deliberately burning fire that destroyed bushland and a portion of a storage facility at Woodridge on Monday night.
Three young boys were also arrested for lighting a fire in a rainwater drain in Pimpama on the Gold Coast.
Three teenagers were interviewed on Tuesday after allegedly admitting online that they were responsible for a bushfire that destroyed two houses and forced hundreds to flee the Peregian area of the Sunshine Coast.
Two girls were also interrogated after an alleged intentional fire in bushland in Ormeau on the Gold Coast.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says that children have been arrested, warned or treated according to our restorative justice processes & # 39;
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