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10 October, 2020

Armed robbery arrest, Cairns CBD

An 11-year-old boy was charged yesterday following investigations into an armed robbery incident that occurred on Wednesday afternoon in the Cairns CBD.

Police will allege a 12-year-old boy was at a City shopping centre at around 3.15pm when he was approached by two boys who were not known to him. One of the boys made a verbal demand for his shoes.

The 12-year-old walked a short distance away before again being told to hand over his shoes. The alleged offender then lifted his shirt to show the victim a screwdriver tucked into his waistband and allegedly made a verbal threat to stab him.

The victim complied with the demands, removing his shoes and handing them to the armed offender who then ran off in company with the second youth. The victim was not physically injured as a result of the offence.

Two senior students from the victim’s school witnessed the incident and approached him to check on his welfare. They then gave chase on foot before apprehending the offender and recovering the stolen shoes which they then returned to the victim. The offender subsequently fled the area and the incident was reported to police.

As a result of investigations, Cairns CPIU detectives arrested an 11-year-old boy in the CBD just after 10am yesterday. He was subsequently charged with one count of robbery whilst armed with an offensive instrument and is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Children's Court.

Drug charges, Smithfield: 

Two men have been charged following a police search of a Smithfield residence yesterday afternoon.

Detectives and uniformed first response officers from Smithfield station executed a search warrant at a Grampian Close address at midday yesterday.

Two men were detained, and the subsequent search allegedly located a significant quantity of methylamphetamine as well as controlled pharmaceutical medications and drug utensils. The items were seized along with two phones and a sum of cash.

A 34-year-old Smithfield man was issued with a notice to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on November 13 where he faces two counts of possession of a dangerous drug and one count of possession of a drug utensil.

A 40-year-old Kuranda man was issued with a notice to appear in the same court on October 29 where he faces two counts each of possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a drug utensil.

Wilful damage charge, Westcourt: A teenage girl has been charged in relation to an incident at a Westcourt car sales yard late last month.

Police will allege a girl entered the Mulgrave Road car yard at around 11.30am on September 29 and used her backpack to damage a motor vehicle displayed in the yard.

Cairns Property Crime Squad officers spoke with the 16-year-old Kewarra Beach girl yesterday and she was charged with wilful damage.

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