Teenage girl nabbed throwing rocks at vehicles in Moree

A 13-year-old girl was positively identified as throwing rocks at vehicles on Gosport Street on Tuesday afternoon and will face charges.

The teenager was identified and located a short distance away from the area of the alleged incident and taken to her home where she was spoken to.

She is expected to answer charges of destroy or damage property and intentionally throw object at vehicle or vessel as to risk safety.

BLAC relieving commander Andrew Hurst said enquiries are continuing into other related offences.

“The act of throwing a rock at a vehicle is not only cowardly and stupid, it is downright dangerous,” Mr Hurst said.

“Fortunately on this occasion no physical injury was sustained by the victim.moreepolicecar

“Swift reporting of offences and the identification of the offenders by the victim and witnesses has enabled us to make a quick arrest on this occasion,” he said.

Community members and road users can assist police and help prevent further damage or injuries by immediately reporting any rock-throwing incident and suspicious behaviour near roads to police.

The arrest comes on the back of a spate of rock-throwing in Moree – and it’s not just trucks and vehicles on the Newell Highway bypass that are being targeted.

Ambulance vehicles and Moree Plains Shire Council vehicles have been “rocked” in recent weeks in and around Moree.

Nearly $100,000 has been pledged to help put an end to a problem that many people, especially truck-drivers who regularly travel the Newell Highway bypass, say will sooner or later cause a major accident.

Moree police have increased patrols and are currently conducting covert and overt surveillance of the area.

“A number of strategies are, and have been in place to target these offenders. Some of these strategies are overt, such as patrols,” Mr Hurst said.

“Others are covert which I’m sure the community will understand would not be beneficial for our long-term goals to discuss in a public forum.”

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Media Release December 19, 2016