NSW teens keep police busy

The school holidays are partly to blame for a string of incidents in which children have been charged, police say.

Since Tuesday, a 15-year-old boy has allegedly crashed a stolen car carrying other teens and a 12-year-old; a 13-year-old girl allegedly slashed a cabbie’s arm; and two 15-year-old girls have been charged after they allegedly stole a woman’s car and crashed it.

State Crime Commander Malcolm Lanyon said there were a range of issues why more children were being caught for alleged criminal behaviour.

“But obviously these people have more time and they’re not constrained by the requirements to go to school and other educational facilities,” he told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

Police said they responded to a report of a car theft at Bonnyrigg in western Sydney about 4am (AEDT) on Thursday and chased the stolen Toyota Camry, which had four young people in it.

The pursuit ended when the 15-year-old driver lost control on North Liverpool Road in Green Valley and collided with a car parked in a driveway.

The boy allegedly ran from the crash but was arrested a short distance away, as were two 14-year-old girls and another girl aged 12.

The boy was charged with dangerous driving with goods in custody and resisting an officer, while the girls were released pending youth cautions.

In a separate incident on the same day, a 13-year-old girl allegedly slashed a taxi driver in the arm with a knife in the NSW Illawarra.

She was one of four who tried to do a runner without paying their fare.

Police say they arrested the girl shortly afterwards and also found some cannabis.

On Tuesday morning, two 15-year-old girls approached a woman after she parked her car in Colo Lane, Blacktown, and one allegedly demanded she hand over money.

Police say the girl then took the woman’s car keys from her handbag and drove off in the car.

The car was later found crashed into a concrete wall.

The teenagers were arrested in Blacktown about four hours later and charged with a number of offences.

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