Within a besieged city: how armed children as young as EIGHT rob the locals and bashs that make them too scared to go outside – and the police seem powerless to stop them
- Images have been discovered of violent young people throwing a city into chaos
- A video showed an allegedly stolen ute filled with children as young as 11 joyriding
- A wife and her boyfriend were auto-jacked and affected by up to 30 children
Eight-year-old children have rioted in a regional city, stolen cars, taunted the police and bashed the locals – while authorities seem powerless to stop.
Shocking footage has appeared in which violent youth throw the Townsville of Queensland into chaos.
In one video, a group of young people cruelly beaten an adult and dragged to the center of an intersection.
Another showed an allegedly stolen ute filled with children from 11 years of age driving along the wrong side of the main roads and forcing other cars to hit their breaks.
Young people ran around in a regional city (photo: young people draw graffiti that read & # 39; crime pays & # 39; in the streets of Townsville)
In another incident, CCTV recordings showed that a syringe was reportedly threatened before they were carjacked.
CCTV from a local McDonald & # 39; s suggested young people making diners bold before the staff kicked them out.
Shae Tucker told me An ongoing case she was brutally beaten with her friend Tegan Moore by a child she thought was eight years old before the couple was attacked by a gang of 30 children.
& # 39; They screamed for the car keys, & # 39; she said, describing the children as & # 39; relentless & # 39 ;.
Tegan also shared her terrifying ordeal.
Shae Tucker (pictured with her injuries) said she was brutally beaten by 30 children
& # 39; I just remember kicking and screaming and saying: & # 39; get away from me & # 39; and they just didn't care. People were laughing, & she said.
Local parent Tabitha Hurst works in a gas station and often witnesses & # 39; 10 or 11-year-old drivers trying to steal fuel & # 39 ;.
In one case, she saw a minor offender wearing an ankle strap on his allegedly stolen car full of fuel and driving off without paying.
& # 39; I see children as young as five and six eating and drinking and stealing lollipops – they are not afraid of authority, & # 39; she said.
The locals said they are frustrated with the lack of consequences that the youths face (photo: underage people terrorizing Townsville)
& # 39; You can stand there and tell them to take it out and they will scold you and call you all sorts of names. & # 39;
Damian Crosby, acting Chief Inspector, said A Current Affair police are trying to tackle the problem and are looking for a & # 39; core group of high-risk repeat offenders & # 39; in connection with carjacking.
But the locals said that although they believe the police are doing everything they can, they are frustrated with the lack of consequences that the young people face.
Many go to court but return to the street due to their young age.
The locals say they are now afraid of leaving their house.
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