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Plan to hold young Qld crims to account

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016

Repeat juvenile offenders in Townsville will be put on a special court list under a plan to make them more accountable.

The Queensland government has announced new measures targeting a core group of offenders, aged 10 to 16, responsible for up to half of youth crime in the north Queensland city.

"This will involve the magistrate dealing directly with these cases and looking more closely at the individual circumstances of the young person and applying penalties that fit their crime," Minister Coralee O'Rourke said on Friday.

"For example, where a young person has committed property damage, the magistrate will be able to consider an order where the offender must help fix the damage they caused."

Support services to address mental health issues as well as drug and alcohol dependency are also being implemented to tackle the problem.

Townsville police have been laying about 30 charges a day since cracking down on crime in the regional centre in mid-September.

The blitz was initially meant to last a month but has been extended twice, with 10 additional officers to support local crews over the festive season.

The city's crime crisis has prompted some locals to take matters into their own hands by chasing down young offenders, the majority of whom have been charged with property, drug and traffic crimes.

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