Teen rebels without a cause

DON'T let long hair and lippy fool you: there is a new breed of criminal on the streets, and they're no better than the boys.

Teenage girls are increasingly finding themselves in the back of paddy wagons, detained in lock-up and behind the dock of a courtroom.

A state-wide operation found girls as young as 14 were swapping lady-like for the thug life, and not just as accomplices, but masters at their own petty games.

Queensland Police statistics revealed Queensland girls aged 15-19 were the most common offenders - drugs and assaults the most popular crime of choice in Warwick, specifically.

Perusing the Daily News' court database, it took a mere minute to find a bunch of young ladettes caught for doing the wrong thing, in recent times.

A 17-year-old Warwick woman fronted Warwick Magistrates Court in late 2011 for charges relating to the bashing of a 15-year-old girl.

A 20-year-old female then threatened to kill the 15-year-old victim and her family if she refused to drop the charges.

Another Warwick teen fronted court for violently stomping on another girl's head and breaking her jaw.

November last year, a 21-year-old woman with a drug history was dished a serving of community service after attacking another girl at a party in Stanthorpe.

A 17-year-old also faced charges of intentionally damaging evidence when she attempted to flush methamphetamines down a toilet during a drug raid.

And just last month, a 21-year-old Warwick woman faced court for punching a policeman in the face after turning up to his home with a group of other youths.

And that's just to name a few...

Despite state-wide trends, Warwick Police officer Senior Constable Ian Buckmaster said he hadn't seen much of an increase in female perpetrators in the Rose City.

"I haven't seen any major trend towards that way, but girls certainly do put their hands up a fair bit too," Snr Const Buckmaster said.



QPS statistics showed females aged 15 to19 years old committed 952 offences in 2011 to 12.

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