Police have arrested a 17-year-old youth over a savage brawl at Newport on Wednesday evening.
According to Police, the brawl erupted at Bert Payne Park at Barrenjoey Road, Newport around 8.00pm on Wednesday, 20 January. The park is immediately adjacent to Newport Beach, with play equipment used by small children.
Multiple calls were made to Triple Zero (000). Local residents said up to nine police cars converged on the scene but by the time they arrived the fight had ended and the attackers had dispersed.
A report from Seven News contains footage of the fight, in which up to five assailants were allegedly attacking a person on the ground.
Police say a 22-year-old man was allegedly kicked after falling to the ground, suffering chest and facial injuries.
Following inquiries, Police attended a home at Newport yesterday around 7.00pm (Thursday, 21 January) and arrested a 17-year-old male. The youth was taken to Manly Police Station where he was charged with affray. He was refused bail pending an appearance at Children’s Court today (Friday, 22 January).
Acting Crime Manager for the Northern Beaches Police Area Command, Detective Acting Inspector Michael Keegan said that Detectives continue to investigate the incident.
“We are requesting anyone who may have witnessed the incident to please contact police via Crime Stoppers or call Detectives at Manly Station,” said Det. Act. Insp. Keegan.
In the wake of the incident, Northern Beaches Councillor Vincent De Luca OAM wrote to NSW Police Minister David Elliott.
“It is clear Police have lost control north of Narrabeen Beach. Daily acts of serious violence, threatening behaviour, vandalism has our community scared and angered over the lack of Police presence, action and response times.
“As you know, I have continually written to you since the attack on the Police Inspector at Warriewood, subsequent stabbings and other serious crimes in the area, pleading with you to make Mona Vale Police Station fully operational and increase Police numbers.
“Officers having to be called from the city and Chatswood to help the Police Inspector attacked at Warriewood evidences how under resourced and vulnerable Northern Beaches Police are. To date my pleas on behalf of the community have been ignored and dismissed,” wrote Cr De Luca.
Detective Acting Inspector Keegan said that NSW Police were taking all reports of crime seriously and investigating matters brought to them.
“We treat all reports of crime seriously and they are investigated seriously. That may be for youths who appear to be part of any sort of group affiliation,” said Det. Act. Insp. Keegan.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or detectives at Manly Police Station on 02 9976 8099.
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