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Police charge four youths over crime spree

POLICE have charged four youths in relation to a number of crimes committed in the New Norfolk, Bridgewater and Hobart areas over the last month.  The youths – girls aged 12 and 13 and boys aged 14 and 16 – were arrested at Bridgewater yesterday.

Police allege the majority of the crimes committed by the four involved stealing from businesses, damage to property and assaults. Three of the four youths were detained to appear in the Hobart Magistrates Court, Youth Justice Division.

Acting Inspector Dee Rowe said police were continuing to work to address community concerns relating to youth crime. “Our community deserves to feel safe at home, out in public and in their workplaces. That’s why we are continuing to conduct high visibility patrols across the district. Our police are responding to these incidents, and charging offenders,” Acting Inspector Rowe said.

“Police also actively seek out opportunities for the diversion and rehabilitation of youth offenders because we know early intervention is particularly beneficial in preventing crime. Our statewide Youth Crime Intervention Units engage directly with those young people, actively seeking opportunities for diversion or rehabilitation.

“Police are committed to protecting the community and local businesses and detecting and preventing anti-social and unlawful behaviour with the aim of making our public spaces safer for everyone. Police are doing all we can, but we can’t do it alone.

“If you see anti-social behaviour, report it to police on 131 444, or Crime Stoppers anonymously via crimestopperstas.com.au. We will continue to work together to keep our community a safe place.”

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