Police response to ‘sudden surge’ of crime in northern suburbs results in charges

by | Apr 16, 2021 | Cops | 0 comments

A police blitz in Darwin’s northern suburbs has resulted in dozens of charges and eight minors taken into protective custody in a week, NT Police said.

Superintendent Sean Parnell said duty officers responded to a “sudden surge” in youth criminal activity in the “hotspot areas” by deploying increased foot patrols, the Mounted Unit and the Dog Operations Unit last week.

“In the last week we have apprehended 25 youths aged between 13 and 17 years and arrested eight adults. A further eight people were taken into protective custody,” he said.

“We maintained constant foot patrols around Casuarina in the days and evenings, and then moved to Karama in the early evenings.”

Supt Parnell however said the operation will continue through until the end of the school holidays.

NT Police said the crimes in Darwin’s northern suburbs included 17 counts of stealing, four counts of assault, three cases of unlawful entry, two cases of robbery, and one count each of damage to property, disorderly behaviour, and breaching a domestic violence order.

Supt Parnell said police also executed two warrants, but did not mention the circumstances surrounding the warrant.

Additionally, 19 litres of alcohol were destroyed.

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