Community leaders shocked by footage of children allegedly rioting outside shopping centre

NBN U.K. News

NBN U.K. News

Posted January 21, 2019 10:01:09

Footage of children allegedly taking part in a riot outside the Northern Territory’s Palmerston Shopping Centre has appalled community leaders and residents.

Key points:

  • Three children and three adults were arrested outside Palmerston Shopping Centre
  • The city’s Mayor said she was appalled
  • Tensions over youth crime have long simmered in Palmerston

Three children, aged 12, 13 and 17, and three adults, aged 18, 20 and 31, were arrested after the violent disturbance at the shopping centre, in the satellite city 20 kilometres east of Darwin, where tensions have long simmered about youth crime.

Mobile phone videos posted on social media appear to show the group using shopping trolleys to smash the centre doors, and kicking in windows on Saturday night.

Shopping centre security guards tried unsuccessfully to move the group, who NT Police allege armed themselves with sticks and poles.

Police said a security guard was also assaulted by a woman, and others threw objects at the guards.

The children were released for youth diversion, and the adults charged with a number of offences, including assault, taking part in a riot, armed with an offensive weapon and damage to property.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who witnessed the disturbance or has footage to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You can choose to remain anonymous.

Palmerston Mayor Athina Pascoe-Bell said she had seen the video footage.

“It was really appalling, I felt really sorry for businesses, the security guards,” she said.

Labor minister and Member for Drysdale Eva Lawler said she was shocked.

More to come.

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, crime, crime-prevention, police, government-and-politics, local-government, palmerston-0830, nt