Police swoop on youth offenders

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YOUTHS from Frankston were among 57 people arrested last week as part of a police crackdown on youth offending.

Warrants were executed by police in Frankston, Cranbourne, Clyde North, Dandenong, Narre Warren, Pakenham, Reservoir, Sunshine, Truganina, Lara, and Norlane between 20 and 22 October. A total of 57 people were arrested, most between 15 and 21-years-old.

Multiple charges were laid for offences including carjacking, aggravated burglary, robbery and vehicle crime linked to serious offending.

The arrests were part of police operation Liege. North West Metro region commander Tim Hansen said the operation was established in July to “disrupt high harm, high impact youth offending.”

“Detectives from across the state have shared intelligence to identify a priority list of people wanted by police on outstanding warrants or for other matters and ensured they were brought into custody,” he said.

“Those targeted through this operation are alleged to have committed offences which caused significant harm to victims and have a substantial impact on the broader community’s feelings of safety These crimes include carjackings, aggravated burglaries, armed robbery and serious street robberies, all horrendous crimes which leave a long lasting impact on victims.

“Our message to those committing these offences is clear. Police will find you, we will hold you to account and we will ensure you do not continue to inflict harm on the Victorian community.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 28 October 2019

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