TWO HUNDRED kids go on crime spree in Sydney’s affluent northern beaches – as top cop pleads with parents to control their ‘drunk and drug-addled’ children
- Group of 21 teenagers were drunk and wandering streets on northern beaches
- Police officer Dave Darcy is so concerned about crime spree he wrote a letter
- He pleaded with parents to warn their children about their illegal behaviour
- Mr Darcy said he has seen children as young as 13 under the influence of drugs
Residents of an affluent Sydney suburban area are being terrorised by a group of 200 children who have gone on a series of crime rampages while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, police say.
A group of 21 teenagers were found drunk and wandering the streets on Sydney’s northern beaches last weekend and had to be collected by their parents.
Northern Beaches Commander Superintendent Dave Darcy is so concerned about the problem that he was written a letter to principals from schools in the area pleading with them and parents to control their children.
‘There has been a significant deterioration in the behaviour of young people in the area. Teens, ages ranging from 13 to 18, from local schools, are out at all hours of the night, fuelled up on alcohol and drugs, both illegal and prescription,’ he wrote in the letter.
Two hundred children have gone on a rampant crime spree, terrorising residents in an affluent Sydney suburb. Pictured: The aftermath of a fight in Newport in March
Northern Beaches Commander Superintendent Dave Darcy is so concerned about the problem that he was written a letter to principals from schools. Pictured: Children being spoken to after a fight in Newport
‘They’re reacting angrily and aggressively towards members of the public, bus drivers and police.
‘It’s behaviour that’s escalated from the problematic to, in some cases, the criminal. People, including police, are being attacked and injured.
‘I am also surprised at the freedom enjoyed, particularly by the 13 and 14-year-olds who are roaming our streets at midnight under the influence of alcohol or drugs.’
Mr Darcy said officers wearing cameras had captured footage of the children behaving inappropriately.
‘I have seen this video, and even with more than three decades as a police officer I find the levels of anger and aggression some young people are bringing to the streets particularly confronting,’ he wrote.
‘Enforce with them that our ability to find those committing criminal offences has improved markedly and that they will be found and held to account.’
Mr Darcy said the children involved in the crime spree communicate with each other using Facebook.
A government source told the Daily Telegraph that there had been 25 school expulsions in the area in 2019 – five times as many as last year.
‘It’s behaviour that’s escalated from the problematic to, in some cases, the criminal. People, including police, are being attacked and injured,’ Mr Darcy wrote
The New South Wales Education Department said expulsion and suspension rates in the northern beaches were ‘consistent’ for the past two years.
A vicious fight involving 150 teenagers broke out outside a McDonald’s restaurant in Warriewood, on the northern beaches, about 11.30pm on May 4.
Some of the children involved in the brawl had to be subdued with capsicum spray.
A witness said the fight started when two girls had a disagreement.
‘It was absolutely wild, a lot of them were really drunk… I reckon there was about seven girls I saw sprayed. Parents were running in with water bottles to wash their eyes out,’ the witness said.
In March, an off-duty police officer was caught up in a wild street fight on the northern beaches which resulted in three boys being led away in handcuffs.
A group of passersby tried to break up a fight between boys in Newport before being attacked themselves.
‘Girls were screaming and there were numerous young people milling about, some wearing school uniforms,’ a neighbour told The Manly Daily.
‘I was told that an adult stepped in to break it up and the kids turned on him before the brawl escalated.’
Mr Darcy said officers wearing cameras had captured footage of the children behaving inappropriately (stock image)