Boy, 10, charged with attempted armed robbery of Nerang convenience store

The young boy on Thursday was charged with the attempted robbery of a convenience store at Nerang on the Gold Coast, a region that has seen 46 armed robberies this year alone.

He has also been charged with attempted stealing and four counts of shop stealing as well as unrelated matters of wilful damage and trespass offences.

It is understood the boy entered the store on April 6 and threatened an employee with a knife before leaving empty handed.

A complaint was not made to police until April 27 though until the boy continued to return to the store and shop lift goods.

The epidemic of armed robberies on the Gold Coast in recent months has sparked demands for harsher penalties, including from a Gold Coast judge and solicitor, and calls for the return of a specialist police armed robbery squad.