Two youths arrested after scuffle with police
THE charge room of the newly opened Coffs Harbour police station has already been put to use.
Police have arrested two youths following a scuffle with police in the Coffs Harbour city centre.
Additional police vehicles were called to the intersection of Gordon and Albany Sts around 11.30am on Wednesday.
Police said plain clothes officers targetting anti-social behaviour at the skate park spoke to a group of young people.
"The situation became volatile and police will allege the offenders were being offensive in their behaviour," Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.
"It's alleged a 13-year-old boy spat on police and kicked a police vehicle.
"A 17-year-old female intervened and was arrested with offensive conduct."
The two youths were taken back to the new Coffs Harbour Police Station in Beryl St and were dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.
As the youths were arrested and a scuffle with officers ensued members of the public called police to report a brawl.
Other police attended the scene to disperse other members of the group.
Insp. Jameson said police have introduced strategies to combat reports of trouble that a small group of youths are causing at the skate park.
"There has been recent reports of anti-social behaviour being caused by one group of youths, who are congregating at the new skate park," Insp. Jameson said.
"Police will increase patrols of the area so that law abiding kids who are legitimately using the skate park can use it without being interfered.
"Officers will interact with all youths at the skate park and not all interactions will be negative."