Under-age children caught in rampage 

Wellington Police senior sergeant Simon Madgwick says his officers have spoken to the parents of three children aged under 10 who went on a rampage through the streets of the town.
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But he says under age crime in Wellington is not out of control, warning parents and youths the behaviour won’t be tolerated.

“I’m extremely disappointed with the behaviour of these children,” senior sergeant Madgwick said.

“We picked up the three children trying to light a fire near the Scout Hall and took them home.

“We stressed to their parents the acts of the children were disgraceful, we have referred the matter to family and community services and we will be following up the actions taken by them,” he said.

The youngest of the trio aged 7 damaged windows at the Wellington Dance Academy, then lit fires near the Civic Centre where the local Eisteddfod was being held. They then they proceded to light a tree and moved to a park near the Scout Hall where they again attempted to set fire to the surrounding area.

“We seized aerosol cans, barbecue lighters and paper. The children are under age and there’s nothing further we can do, but we have advised their parents we are fed up with the children’s actions and the community has had enough,” he said.

“I have taken this to the Department of Family and Community Services.

“We have spoken to the parents about socially acceptable behaviour, also their responsibility in knowing where their children are,” he said.

The children broke the front door and windows at the Dance Academy. Police say the damage is estimated to be more than $300.

“We ask the community to continue to report crime by under-age children to us,” senior sergeant Madgwick said.

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