No let-up in juvenile crime on the Tweed

IN yet another example of Tweed Heads youths out of control, a group of 16-year-olds allegedly assaulted and held a replica gun to the head of a boy their own age in the late hours of Saturday night.

Tweed Heads Police Detective Senior Constable Tim Young said the boy was walking home just before midnight along Bluewater Crescent at Tweed Heads West when he was approached by a group of six youths.

Police will allege a 16-year-old girl drew a pistol, later found to be a replica, and put it against the boy's head, demanding cash.

A number of other male youths then allegedly started bashing the boy to the head and body with their fists. The boy managed to run to safety before he was seriously hurt.

Police were called and attended the girl's house on Kennedy Drive and seized the replica pistol.

The girl and two 16-year-old boys were arrested and detained at the Tweed Heads Police Station.

The three will face charges of assault with intent to rob and being armed with an offensive weapon.

The trio were granted bail at the Tweed Heads Children's Court yesterday to reappear at the same court today.

Snr Const Young said the victim was shaken up and upset after escaping with superficial bruising.

The latest report of juvenile crime comes just a week after a 13-year-old boy was given a suspended jail sentence in the Tweed Heads Children's Court for being carried in a stolen car driven by another 13-year-old boy.

On the same day three juvenile males were mentioned on a combined number of more than 30 charges relating to armed robbery and will appear again on July 14.

On May 29 the Tweed Daily News reported on a 65-year-old resident of Tweed Heads West who came forward about youths terrorising her neighbourhood after she was injured by a "booby trap" allegedly planted by the youths.

On June 16, members of the Tweed Sprint Boat Club were furious when they awoke after camping at the club grounds to find their fire extinguishers had all been emptied and thrown into the starting pool.

Just down the road from the club on the same night an abandoned ute had been pushed into a power pole and set alight.

The most shocking crime committed by local youths was the bashing of an off-duty police officer and his girlfriend at Coolangatta in November last year.

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