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Australia Nine-year-old among rock-throwers on major road

05:36  08 june  2018
05:36  08 june  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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The 12- and 13- year - olds , all from Seaton, have been arrested and charged, while the nine - year - old was taken home by police. It's the latest in an alarming spate of rock throwing attacks this year, with the vast majority taking place along the 22-kilometre Southern Expressway.

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South Australian Police have revealed there have been 21 rock throwing attacks on the Southern Expressway in Adelaide this year, with a nine-year-old boy involved in the latest case in the western suburbs.

He's one of four boys – the others aged 12 and 13 – accused of throwing rocks at two vehicles on Frederick Road at Seaton around 8.45pm yesterday.

Both cars were damaged but thankfully no-one was injured.

"It begs the question, what's happening with these children?" Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said.

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"How can they be out at 8.45, 9 o'clock at night, unsupervised, without their parents knowing where they are?"

The 12- and 13-year-olds, all from Seaton, have been arrested and charged, while the nine-year-old was taken home by police.

Children as young as nine have been caught allegedly throwing rocks at vehicles on an Adelaide expressway. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Children as young as nine have been caught allegedly throwing rocks at vehicles on an Adelaide expressway.

It's the latest in an alarming spate of rock throwing attacks this year, with the vast majority taking place along the 22-kilometre Southern Expressway.

It's prompted police to launch a special operation, starting today, involving officers from other local service areas being deployed to the expressway.

"We will have broad coverage across the 24-hour period and it will be an overt and covert operation," Commissioner Stevens said.

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"Our endeavour is to prevent these things from happening and to identify suspects and apprehend anybody who commits such a stupid act as throwing a rock onto a motorway."

Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson said Operation Watercolour would involve more than "20 extra people" involved in overt and covert car patrols, bicycle patrols, horse police, dog units and even a police helicopter.

a car driving on a city street filled with lots of traffic: A group of 12- and 13-year-olds have been arrested and charged. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd A group of 12- and 13-year-olds have been arrested and charged.

He said rock-throwers faced charges ranging from throw missile, to acts endangering life, which can result in an 18 year jail sentence.

"The behaviour of those linked to these incidents is appalling," he said.

He said police had apprehended six people accused of throwing rocks at vehicles on the expressway, with three of them being juvenile offenders.

Assistant Commissioner Dickson urged victims of rock-throwing to pull over as soon as it was safe to do so, and contacting police.

The State Government says it's in the process of designing security screens to be installed on overpasses and upgrading CCTV to try to prevent further attacks.

Anybody with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Police have launched a special operation to stop people throwing rocks at cars on the Southern Expressway. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Police have launched a special operation to stop people throwing rocks at cars on the Southern Expressway.

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