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US News Ten children allegedly started recent Queensland bushfires, police say

07:25  19 november  2019
07:25  19 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Campers evacuated as 75 fires burn in Queensland , while New South Wales prepares for worsening conditions.

A 12-year-old boy started a bushfire and two teenage girls were questioned over another blaze in Australia's Queensland state , police said on “Some of the fires have involved children playing and obviously the consequences are dire as a result of that and some of them have been purposeful

a group of fireworks in the sky: Just 18 children were convicted over lighting fires in the two years to December 2018. (Facebook: Anthony Carter) © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Just 18 children were convicted over lighting fires in the two years to December 2018. (Facebook: Anthony Carter) More than half of the 18 people who have been dealt with by police over recent Queensland bushfires are children, police have revealed.

Since a state of emergency was declared in Queensland on November 9, police said they had taken action against 18 people for deliberately lighting fires.

Of that, police said, 10 are juveniles who are being dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.

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In the two years to the end of 2018, 136 children were charged with endangering property in Queensland by lighting fires — just 18 were convicted.

Several teens were charged over recent fires including a 16-year-old boy who allegedly started a fire west of Yeppoon that destroyed 30 structures and two other teens over a September blaze at Peregian on the Sunshine Coast.

Police chose not to charge two teenagers who were believed to have accidentally started a fire from a cigarette which gutted Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast Hinterland in September.

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Mr Folau said the devastating drought and timing of fires across swathes of New South Wales and Mr Folau continued: "Look how rapid these bushfires , these droughts, all these things have come in Three teenage boys were arrested after a grassfire was allegedly lit in a south-west Sydney on the

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Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said statistics showed there were more effective ways to deal with young offenders than youth detention.

"A conviction is recorded in the most extreme circumstances but the courts and the police have open to them a whole range of tools to try and stop kids reoffending," she said.

"We are seeing positive results and are pleased we took the initiative to not only bring Youth Justice Conferencing back but also the Fight Fire Fascination program by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services to deal with arson prevention and rehabilitation."

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COLO HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Fire crews wait at a property along Putty road as the fire front approaches on November 15, 2019 in Colo Heights, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images COLO HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Fire crews wait at a property along Putty road as the fire front approaches on November 15, 2019 in Colo Heights, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

She said the programs were instigated after devastating fires in Victoria but were scrapped in Queensland by the LNP government in 2012.

Ms D'Ath was confident the reinstated programs were working to reduce recidivism.

In 2017 there were 88 youths aged between 10 and 16 years old charged with endangering property by fire.

WISEMANS FERRY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Smoke generated by the Gospers Mountain bushfire is seen on November 15, 2019 in Wisemans Ferry, Australia. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across follownig catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger. While conditions have eased, fire crews remain on high alert as dozens of bushfires continue to burn. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week.  (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images WISEMANS FERRY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Smoke generated by the Gospers Mountain bushfire is seen on November 15, 2019 in Wisemans Ferry, Australia. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across follownig catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger. While conditions have eased, fire crews remain on high alert as dozens of bushfires continue to burn. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

That figure dropped to 48 the following year despite the cohort having increased to include 17-year-olds.

But in 2016, 21 young people were charged with the same offence.

Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said children responsible for starting fires should be made to apologise for the pain they caused.

COLO HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: A bushfire is pictured along Putty Road on November 15, 2019 in Colo Heights, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images) © 2019 Getty Images COLO HEIGHTS, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: A bushfire is pictured along Putty Road on November 15, 2019 in Colo Heights, Australia. The warning has been issued for a 80,000-hectare blaze at Gospers Mountain, which is burning in the direction of Colo Heights. An estimated million hectares of land has been burned by bushfire across Australia following catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - in the past week. A state of emergency was declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday 11 November and is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. Four people have died following the bushfires in NSW this week. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

"These kids should face real consequences for their actions and be made to front up and apologise to their victims and even visit a burns unit," Ms Frecklington said.

But Ms D'ath said young offenders were already being made to meet face-to-face with their victims.

Man, 30s, tragically dies after being struck by van in Thurles, Co Tipperary .
Man, 30s, tragically dies after being struck by van in Thurles, Co TipperaryThe victim, in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision which happened at around 3am on Tuesday.

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