Two violent crimes allegedly committed over the weekend by Albury children as young as 12 and 13 years old have left police concerned.
In one case, a 13-year-old boy stabbed a 49-year-old man in the stomach on Saturday afternoon at about 4.30pm, after their pair got into an argument on Resolution Street.
Detective Inspector Winston Woodward would not say yet if the boy knew the victim or what the argument was about.
“Police will allege the young person has armed himself with a pole and a knife and had assaulted the 49-year-old male and has inflicted one stab wound,” he said. “The victim declined to be treated by medical treatment at the time, however it is unknown if he sought medical advice.”
The boy was arrested and charged with reckless wounding, being armed with intent to commit indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possessing a knife in a public place and breaching bail conditions.
He was refused bail and remanded to appear at Parramatta Children's Court on Tuesday.
Police also arrested two 12-year-olds and a 14-year-old on Friday evening after they allegedly robbed another 13-year-old girl, who was walking with school friends along the stormwater drain adjacent to Union Road.
Inspector Woodward said they assaulted the victim and stole personal property.
“It’s concerning across the weekend that the violent crime that I did have was perpetrated by people under the age of 18 – as young as 12, 13, 16,” he said.