Townsville: Fed-up father in crime-ridden town unleashes brutal message for the ‘useless government’ after his partner and babies were surrounded by teens in an attempted broad daylight carjacking at a busy shopping centre
A furious father in a crime-plagued town has erupted with a powerful message for the ‘useless’ government after a gang of youths tried to carjack his wife and kids in broad daylight.
Chris Thurley feared his two-year-old and six-month-old children could have been hurt or killed when the thugs surrounded their car at Townsville’s Willows Shopping Centre on Wednesday morning.
His partner was waiting for him in the busy carpark and looking after their youngest when a stolen white Audi pulled up beside her and its occupants tried to get in.
The quick-thinking mum jumped in her car and locked her doors.
After the ordeal, a fed-up Mr Thurley turned his phone camera on himself and recorded a passionate plea about inaction over youth crime, ending with a direct call to the Queensland premier.
‘Annastacia Palaszczuk you need to do something about this before someone f***ing dies,’ Mr Thurley said.
His partner was waiting for him in the busy carpark and looking after their youngest when a stolen white Audi (pictured) pulled up beside her and its occupants tried to get in
‘I have a six month old and a two-year-old in the car and they were just gonna take the car.
‘If my missus hadn’t jumped back in the car and locked the door when they pulled up beside her, my kids could be out there, my kids could be injured, my kids could be f***ing dead.
‘The government doesn’t give a f***.’
Mr Thurley filmed the stolen Audi pulling up at a service station across the street from the shopping centre where the gang ‘terrorised’ staff and members of the public and stole fuel.
There have been multiple sightings of the Audi across Townsville, which is understood to have been stolen from a Belgian Gardens home on Monday.
‘They’ve been out four days in this car,’ Mr Thurley claimed.
‘[Their] parents don’t care. The government doesn’t care about innocent people.
‘This is our government… letting this happen. They have the power to stop it but they just don’t.
‘It’s an absolute joke and the police are powerless to do anything about it, they’re not f***ing allowed to, it’s an absolute joke.’
Chris Thurley feared his two-year-old and six-month-old could have been hurt or killed when the thugs surrounded their car at Townsville’s Willows Shopping Centre on Wednesday morning
Queensland is locked in the grips of a youth crime wave, with car theft, knife crime and violent home invasions roaring in recent years.
Troubling police data shows children aged between 10 and 17 commit more crimes than the general population, with the rate of youth offending now at 69 per cent.
Even more disturbing data shows one Queenslander a month on average in 2023 has been killed at the hand of a youth criminal.
Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia they are ‘aware of reports that the vehicle’s occupants were involved in a disturbance at the shopping centre, however no formal complaint was made’.
‘Police were called to a Thuringowa Central shopping centre at approximately 9.15am on October 4, following reports the stolen vehicle was observed and an occupant made threats to a person before leaving the scene,’ the statement said.
‘The vehicle was then involved in the theft of fuel from a Kirwan petrol station at approximately 10am.’
The vehicle and the occupants had not been located as of Wednesday at 10pm, police confirmed.
‘Police appeal to anyone with information or who may have observed the vehicle, to come forward.’