Police increase patrols after another incident at Cockburn Gateway

Cockburn Gateway.
Cockburn Gateway.

COCKBURN Police have increased patrols around Cockburn Gateway Shopping City “for as long as is necessary” after another incident involving young girls on Wednesday, April 10.

Police were called to the shopping centre after receiving reports a group of teenage girls were allegedly fighting with security officers and trying to break into charity donation tins.

The same day a 19-year-old man was also charged when he began acting in a disorderly manner after being asked to leave a clothing store.

The incidents come less than two weeks after an incident on April 1 when seven young girls were arrested after they allegedly attempted to steal from and assault customers at the shopping centre, a nearby medical centre and a fast food outlet.

Cockburn Police Senior Sergeant Noel Minnock said an operation was on the way to tackle the issue and that extra resources would remain indefinitely.

“We’ve taken some very proactive strategies in response to the incidents and there has been significant investigation,” he said.

“From those investigations we have deployed significant resources to Cockburn Gateway in particular in order to increase the police presence and obviously provide that reassurance to the community.

“The resources will be committed there for as long as is necessary.”

He assured locals they should feel safe at the centre and that incidents like this wouldn’t be tolerated.

“I think these incidents are isolated incidents and I don’t think its indicative of Cockburn in itself,” he said.

“Whilst they are despicable and have a significant impact on the community, we are doing everything that we can do address it.

“My message to the youth is that this behaviour wont be tolerated, it’s totally unacceptable to the community and its totally unacceptable to the police and ill be doing everything in my power and my resources to ensure the community are safe.”