Yeppoon Police Liaison Officer Jason Chisholm (left) and Senior Sergeant John Hamrey.
Yeppoon Police Liaison Officer Jason Chisholm (left) and Senior Sergeant John Hamrey.

Police bashed in wild brawl



TWO police officers were bashed as they tried to break up a public brawl in Yeppoon on Saturday night.

Between 30 and 40 people were involved in the punch-up along Hill Street about 11.45pm.

The fight happened days after teenagers, some carrying planks of wood and metal pipes, rampaged through the streets of Yeppoon's central business district.

Yeppoon police officer-incharge Senior Sergeant John Hamrey said like the fights last Tuesday, it was believed the altercation started over a girl.

"The group was standing on the street arguing and when police arrived some of the people there began pushing police,'' he said.

"It degenerated into a large disturbance and we had to call for assistance from Rockhampton.

"Two officers were assaulted, though not seriously.

"Security staff who were assisting police were also assaulted.'' ? Information about carloads of people coming down from Rockhampton to seek retribution for last Tuesday's violent attacks were also reported to police.

Senior Sergeant Hamrey said while there were no incidents with juveniles there was a large number of young people out.

"You could see by the tone of the atmosphere that there were juveniles around town that were there to cause trouble,'' he said.

"In light of what the Police Minister has said about blanket move-on powers, that would be something we would be using down here on the coast to move on the troublemakers.''

Senior Sergeant Hamrey said he would not be tolerating assaults against officers.

"Police are not there to be used as punching bags by alcohol-fuelled groups,'' he said.

"This was another mob mentality attack.

"Our patrols in Yeppoon will be bolstered by members of the Rockhampton Tactical Crime Squad.

"We want this type of behaviour stamped out.''

Capricorn Coast Ratepayers and Residents Association president Barry Whelan also wants the issue resolved.

"We will be discussing this at our next meeting,'' he said.

"It is something that we as a community should be concerned about.

"What has happened isn't the sort of behaviour I'd expect from Yeppoon residents.''

A 20-year-old man, two 18year-old women, a 22-year-old man and an 17-year-old man were charged.

Charges ranged from public nuisance to obstruction of police and assault of police.

They are all expected to appear in Yeppoon Magistrates Court next month.



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