Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll (pictured) says children have been arrested, cautioned or "dealt with under our restorative justice processes" (AAP Image/Darren England)
Children have ignited at least eight of the dozens of blazes which have contributed to a bushfire emergency across Queensland.
Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll says children have been arrested, cautioned or "dealt with under our restorative justice processes".
@QldPolice Commissioner Katarina Carroll reveals she’ll set up Taskforce Overcross to investigate Qld fires. “Some of the fires have involved children playing, some (are) purposeful and malicious,” she says. @abcbrisbane pic.twitter.com/h8aSEEplCp— Anna Hartley (@Anna_Hartley1) September 10, 2019
"Some of these have been kids just playing with fire, some deliberate and obviously some repeat offences," she told Seven's Sunrise program on Wednesday.
"We had a circumstance where a child is playing with fire and got away.
"Every circumstance has been different but all dealt with in different ways. All have been acted on."
DELIBERATELY LIT: Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll has established a task force to prevent, disrupt and investigate suspicious fires across Qld. In particular she's asking parents to speak to their children about the dangers of lighting fires in current conditions. pic.twitter.com/TnlojGqBzc— 10 News First Queensland (@10NewsFirstQLD) September 10, 2019
She said the punishment depended on consequences of the fire and "the intention of what occurred".
The Youth Justice Act allows a child to be let off with a caution if they have no criminal history, with community service and restorative justice orders also available to authorities.
A 12-year-old boy was dealt with under the Act on Tuesday over a deliberately-lit fire which destroyed bushland and a section of a storage facility at Woodridge on Monday night.
Three young boys were also arrested for lighting a fire in a stormwater drain at Pimpama on the Gold Coast.
A supplied image of firefighters battling a bushfire in Peregian Springs on the Sunshine Coast (AAP Image/John Park)
Three teenagers were questioned on Tuesday after allegedly admitting online they were responsible for a bushfire which has destroyed two homes and forced hundreds to flee the Sunshine Coast's Peregian area.
Two girls were also questioned following an alleged deliberately-lit fire in bushland at Ormeau on the Gold Coast.
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