Snitch’s site deleted

Police have welcomed the removal of an internet page which published rumours about Apollo Bay teenagers.

The Apollo Bay Snitch page on social networking website Facebook posted rumours about young people, including alleged sexual and criminal behaviour.

The page was no longer available on Wednesday, a week after it appeared and attracted more than 130 followers.

Corangamite youth resource officer Leading Senior Constable Terry Woodcroft condemned the Snitch page in Wednesday’s Colac Herald.

He described the removal of the page as a “minor victory”.

“I think it’s an example of the type of community outcry that can occur when we see something that we simply won’t put up with,” Sen Const Woodcroft said.

“It’s all part of our push for the community to do and say more in terms of youth issues and youth offending, and I think it’s great that people have come out publically rejecting the site,” he said.

“I’m not sure who’s taken it down, but it could be a step in the right direction in terms of encouraging people to self-regulate, which has been the aim from the start.”

Sen Const Woodcroft urged teenagers to steer clear of Facebook pages which aimed to damage people’s reputations.

“People just kept joining that profile page at quite a rapid rate, and I’m sure most of them were just having a sticky-beak but they’ve actually offered a bit of encouragement to that person,” he said.

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