Teen charged with malicious damage of school bus – Metford

A teenager has been charged as investigations continue into the destruction of a school bus in Maitland last week.

Officers attached to the Port Stephens Proactive Crime Team commenced an investigation following reports of damage at a school on Chelmsford Drive, Metford, on the night of Sunday the 15th November 2020.

Police will allege a group of youths were seen on CCTV to scale a security fence about 8pm before approaching a bus, which was locked and parked on the premises.

The group broke into the bus, causing extensive damage, estimated to be in excess of $30,000, by allegedly smashing the dashboard and windows with the vehicle’s emergency hammer, and releasing the contents of a fire extinguisher.

Following inquires, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at a Metford home about 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday 19 November 2020. He was taken to Maitland Police Station and charged with 11 offences, including;

– Enter prescribed premises of any person without lawful excuse (six counts)

– Enter building/land with intent to commit indictable offence

– Behave in offensive manner in/near public place/school

– Destroy or damage property (three counts)

He was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Wednesday 16 December 2020.

Investigations are continuing.

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