Dramatic footage has been released showing the police arrest two teenagers linked to a fatal crash in Townsville that killed Jennifer Board.
The footage shows police jumping over a fence before arresting two shirtless teenagers, one of whom claims police were driving a stolen Hyundai on Friday night.
Police believe the stolen Hyundai had four teenagers inside and was followed « at speed » by vigilantes in a Holden statesman.
Police arrested two teenagers from the stolen Hyundai today, an 18-year-old at Pinnacle Dr, Rasmussen at around 8:40 a.m. and the second 18-year-old at Josephine Cres at 9:25 a.m.
Officers also arrested a 17-year-old girl from Aitkenvale who police claim was a passenger in the stolen Hyundai limousine.
She was charged with five cases of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and one case of theft.
Police have spoken to vigilante groups in Holden – a 25-year-old driver and his passengers, a 41-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman – but have yet to blame someone.
« All it takes is one mistake, one mistake and it can be fatal. Just stop.
« If you think for a second that you are contributing to the safety of the Townsville community, you are wrong. You are dead wrong. »
He said that vigilantes who commit crimes would be treated like « any other criminal » and brought to justice.
The arrests follow an announcement by the police of a special task force to fight child crime and repeated high-risk offenders in Townsville.
The task force will include officers from the Criminal Police Department, Child Protection and Investigation, Rapid Action and Patrol, Tactical Crime Squad, and general duties.
« I want to reassure the community that the Townsville Police Department remains vigilant in targeting repeat offenders and is increasing its dedicated focus on property crime through continued high visibility police operations targeting high-risk property offenders, » Schafferius said.
« We have set up a task force that aims to stop criminal and anti-social behavior in our city, and specifically to focus on the small cohort of repeat offenders who continue to disregard the law and the community.
« The task force operating under Operation Tango Pheasant is up and running today and will work around the clock with a team of seasoned officials including detectives, uniformed police officers, traffic officers and Intel specialists. »
Police said the task force would target known high-risk recidivists through intelligence strategies including: targeting their known addresses, places they frequently go, their staff, and other public spaces.
Mr Schafferius said the task force had more than 100 officers, mostly made up of officers based in Townsville.
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