A youth crime spree across the northern suburbs is apparently over, the NT Police have declared, after 37 young offenders were either prosecuted or diverted, with nearly 300 charges filed.
Police said over three months, between January 1 and March 31, Strike Force Trident dealt with 110 cases involving 37 youths who detectives had identified in December as a “large group of emerging youth property offenders”.
The offenders, aged between 10 and 16, were either prosecuted or diverted through the Youth Justice Act, police said, for a number of crimes including unlawful entry, property damage, possessing controlled weapons, “assaulting a worker”, escaping custody, assaulting police, drug possession and engaging in “violent conduct”.
There were also 37 charges against the youths for obtaining benefit by deception, but police did not provide details.
“A significant number of man hours was spent investigating these youths, in between all the other jobs ordinarily managed by Trident,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Bland.
“These results reflect that effort and I would like to thank all members who were involved. Our members will continue to work tirelessly to ensure the safety of our community.”
Of the 37 young offenders apprehended, 12 of those who put through youth diversion and police said to date they “have not re-offended”.
“The other 25 are all currently either before the court or are in the process of being referred to the court,” a police statement said.
Police did not say how many of the young offenders are currently out on bail.