Rowdy behaviour still with the law
THE number of arrests at this year’s Bundaberg Show was low, but one Svensson Heights mother was disgusted at the behaviour she witnessed.
The mother-of-five, who asked not to be named to protect her children, said she witnessed an “appalling display” from a large group of teenagers when she attended the show on Thursday night.
“There was about 30 young teens that were actually completely disrespectful,” she said.
“They didn’t even care – it was disgusting.”
The mother said she saw the young teens fighting and one group pushed an elderly man on crutches during their “boisterous” behaviour.
“It’s supposed to be a family day where every-one can have fun,” she said.
The mother said her three younger children, aged between eight and 10, were scared by the behaviour of the teens.
“They had never seen anything like it before,” she said.
The woman said she found the behaviour very disappointing.
“I always go to the show with the family – we are show-type people,” she said. “But when the behaviour is like that, it makes me not want to go.”
But despite that black mark, the majority of the crowd over the three days appears to have obeyed the law.
Bundaberg police Sergeant Steve Lancaster said there had been minimal arrests at the event.
Sgt Lancaster said a 17-year-old youth had been charged with possessing a small amount of cannabis and a number of juveniles had been spoken to by police in relation to offences such as possession of stolen goods and breaching bail.
“They have been pretty well behaved this year,” he said.
Sgt Lancaster said police had also matched up a majority of lost property such as wallets with their rightful owners.
He said two children had been reported missing over the three days, but were found within a short time.
The police presence at the show was highly visible, with a number of officers roaming sideshow alley throughout the event.