23 Nov – More than 50 youths have been arrested as part of a crackdown on juvenile crime in north-west Queensland.
Police said among those were eight children, aged between seven and 13, arrested for trespassing, break and enter and wilful damage in Mount Isa over the weekend.
Officers charged 54 people with 66 offences as part of Operation North Tearose.
A 29-year-old police officer was injured during the operation.
He was taken to hospital with cuts to his arms but later released.
Superintendent Russell Miller said the bad behaviour started for no apparent reason.
“There seems to be this element within the community at the moment that believes they can do whatever they like, they can act how they like, they can drink irresponsibly, involve themselves in fights and then when the police attend the jobs they turn on the police in a crowd,” he said.