Police have swooped on teens allegedly vandalising a popular family park at Dee Why.

Just after 9.15pm last night (Wednesday, 22 March), officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command responded to a report of young people behaving in an antisocial manner at Walter Gors Park, Howard Avenue, Dee Why.

Vandals caught by police at Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

A NSW police spokesperson confirmed they were called to the park after members of the public reported glass bottles being smashed in the area. Antisocial behaviour and graffiti has been an ongoing problem at Walter Gors Park, particularly after dark.

Vandals caught by police at Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

The Northern Beaches Advocate was on scene last night, observing two police crews carefully position themselves around the park to cut off paths of escape before swiftly moving in on two teenage males who were loitering in the park around the BBQ facilities, using mobile phones as their main source of light.

As the police officers ran towards the teens, they attempted to flee, but found themselves unable to escape. One youth was quickly surrounded and apprehended by officers, while the other tried to conceal himself in bushes behind the BBQ area but was located following a brief search with flashlights.

Vandals caught by police at Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

A NSW Police spokesperson said the young male hiding in the bushes became aggressive when apprehended and spat at police.

“Police searched the park and located a 14-year-old male hiding in a bush nearby with a marker. Officers spoke with the male, before he allegedly became aggressive and spat at police.

“He was arrested and taken to Chatswood Police Station where he was charged with possess graffiti implement with intent to contravene S4(2) and assault police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm,” said the spokesperson.

Vandals caught by police at Walter Gors Park, Dee Why

The teens alleged handiwork was visible in the wake of the arrests with the park covered in graffiti, with an empty bottle of whiskey left in the area where they were apprehended.

The 14-year-old boy was refused bail to appear before Surry Hills Children’s Court today (Thursday, 23 March). The other male teen, of similar age, was also arrested at the scene but subsequently released.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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