Not a Jack in a Box, exactly, but a 12 year old kid

Media are reporting that Australian Border Force and WA Police are investigating how a 12-year-old boy was found in a container being moved about a ‘secure’ maritime area at North Quay, Fremantle Port.

The boy was apparently only found after the container had been lifted, put on a truck, moved, and then offloaded onto the ground with a forklift on Tuesday evening, according to a source not authorised to speak to the media. The forklift driver who discovered him must have been mightily surprised!

If you are wondering, as we were, whether the kid had been ‘imported’ into Freo’s inner harbour by one of those sleek container ships from some exotic part of the world, it seems not. We understand the intrusion into the maritime area was deliberate and a quick arrest took place. It was opportunistic, to coin an expression. Perhaps too many viewings of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Neil Stanbury, Fremantle Ports’ Manager Communications and Community, advised this masthead late this afternoon that Freo Ports are aware of a security incident that occurred on North Quay on March 26. The Department of Home Affairs, which has legislative responsibility for civil maritime security, has been notified and is investigating the matter. Fremantle Ports will provide its full assistance and cooperation to that investigation.

Not a Jack in a Box, exactly, but a 12 year old kid.

By Michael Barker, Editor, Fremantle Shipping News


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