Youths warned over violence

POLICE are warning young people not to take the law into their own hands and seek revenge on assault suspects.

Warwick Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Stewart Day made the call yesterday as investigations continued into an alleged assault on a 17-year-old girl by a group of younger males in their early teens.

The incident happened at around 9.30pm on Monday on the corner of Grafton and Canning streets.

It is alleged a girl, who was travelling in a car with another female, suffered facial injuries and a fractured wrist after she got out of the car and was assaulted by a group of youths.

Police yesterday said they were still investigating her complaint, as well as one for wilful damage on the car, with reports of the boys involved throwing their scooters at and shaking the vehicle.

But social networking site Facebook ignited with activity after the incident, with dozens of locals threatening revenge on the alleged attackers of the female.

“If I seem them they’re dead,” one youth posted.

“I hope someone gang-bashes them!!!” a girl posted.

“Must think they big men hittin’ girls!”

“There’s so many people after them it’s not funny, dogs,” another male wrote.

It is understood a ‘meeting’ of a kind was arranged in Leslie Park at 3pm yesterday.

Though there was a large congregation of youths, police attended and there was no fighting.

An hour later however there were reports of a large number of both teens and older individuals assembling for trouble at the corner of Canning and Grafton streets, and of a group of several dozen more arriving armed with bats.

Police went to the scene and the crowd dispersed, though there were fears a fight would break out later in the evening and as the Daily News went to print patrols continued.

Snr Sgt Day urged assault victims to contact the police and they would do everything in their power to prosecute offenders.

“Taking matters into your own hands has serious repercussions and you can injure yourself,” he said.

“Contact us and don’t incite further incidents of violence.”

Investigations into Monday’s incident are ongoing.

Do you have information about local crime? Call the Warwick Police on 4660 4444 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.


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