Two charged after shopping centre incident in Belmont

Police have charged two teenagers after an incident at a shopping centre in Belmont today, NSW Police say.

Shortly before 2pm today (Monday 16 April 2018), police from Lake Macquarie Police District were called to a supermarket on the Pacific Highway, following reports of a stealing and assault.

Upon arrival at the supermarket, the two males allegedly fled and officers commenced a search of the area.

One officer located the teenagers and, when one fled, the officer arrested an 18-year-old man.

As the man was being handcuffed, he allegedly resisted violently and escaped from custody with one handcuff attached.

Several other police arrived at the location and the search continued. The man was located and re-arrested a short time later.

A 16-year-old boy was located and officers became involved in a foot pursuit. He was subsequently arrested without incident.

Both males were conveyed to Belmont Police Station.

The man was later charged with resist officer, escape lawful custody, assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, possess graffiti implement and larceny (x 2).

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He was refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 17 April 2018).

The teenager was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company, resist officer and larceny (x 2).

He was refused bail to appear at a Children’s Court tomorrow (Tuesday 17 April 2018).