New laws set to target knife crime in the region

June 8, 2023 10:02 am in by

New state laws allowing police to stop and search for knives, using hand-held metal detectors is already making a difference here in Bundaberg.

Over the weekend 26 people were screened in Bundaberg’s safe night precinct, with officers detecting three knives.

A 27-year-old Bundaberg South man and a 20-year-old Bundaberg West man were issued with notices to appear in relation to possessing a knife in a public place.

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They are both set to appear in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court on June 30.

A 16-year-old Bundaberg South boy was also allegedly intercepted with a knife and will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

A 38-year-old Avoca man was charged in relation to possessing dangerous drugs, possession of drug utensils and possessing property suspected to be used in relation to a drug offence.

The new laws are a result of the 2019 stabbing death of 17-year-old Jack Beasley on the Gold Coast.