Youths face court over crime spree



TWO Newcastle boys fronted court yesterday for a string of alleged property offences throughout Coffs Harbour.

A 15-year-old is charged with four counts of aggravated breaking and entering.

A 16-year-old is also charged with four counts of aggravated breaking and entering, as well as one count of attempting to steal a motor vehicle and nine counts of stealing.

The pair, who can not be named because of their ages, appeared in custody in Coffs Harbour Children's Court for a bail hearing.

They were granted bail on strict conditions to reappear in court on July 11. Neither has entered a plea.

They were among 10 youths the Coffs Harbour Target Action Group arrested on Wednesday following lengthy inquiries into offences allegedly committed in Coffs Harbour since Sunday.

All were taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station, where investigators questioned them.

Eight youths, aged between 14 and 18, from the Coffs Harbour area were released pending further inquiries.

"These arrests are evidence of the tireless efforts made by police in the Coffs/Clarence local area command," duty officer, Chief Inspector Shane Cribb, said. "The public can be assured that police will continue to target such crime in the area and those caught breaking the law will be dealt with accordingly."



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