A teenager who smashed the windows of a parked vehicle with an axe in central Perth yesterday has been charged.
Police were called to the scene, outside Perth Magistrate's Court on Hay Street, near Victoria Avenue, just before midday.
The teenager was with two others when she allegedly went on a rampage, damaging a Mitsubishi Pajero parked on Hay Street. The three, aged 14, 16 and 17, were caught about 150m from the court.
A police spokeswoman said one teenager allegedly assaulted a female outside the court and then got an axe from a vehicle before damaging the Pajero.
She said it was being investigated if the offenders were known to the owner of the damaged vehicle.
A photographer from _The West Australian _, Nic Ellis, said he was outside the District Court when he heard shouting across the road.
He said the girl appeared agitated as she ran towards the Pajero and smashed several windows, spraying glass over the road.
"There was a young woman yelling and shouting at somebody and the group she was with headed down the road towards East Perth," Ellis said. "A short while later, further on down past the fire station, we heard the loud banging.
"We looked down the street and one young lady was laying into a four-wheel-drive vehicle, bashing it with what appeared to be a stick."
One teenager was charged with criminal damage and two counts of aggravated common assault.
A second was charged with aggravated common assault and the third was released without charge.