Alarm over brawls near BP station

A CONCERNED long-term resident has spoken out against the “common occurrence” of alcohol-fuelled violence happening late at night on Emerald streets.

The resident pinpointed a stretch of Hospital Rd in the vicinity of the BP petrol station, where late-night revellers gather in droves after closing time at nearby licensed venues.

After witnessing several violent and threatening incidents over the past few months, the final straw for the resident occurred in the early hours of Sunday night, when he saw the brutal bashing of a 22-year-old man about 3am.

The victim was attacked by three other males.

He suffered facial and head injuries including a fractured skull and was taken to Emerald Hospital.

Police spoke to the victim about noon on Sunday, where he said he had left a hotel earlier that morning before blacking out and waking up in hospital with no recollection of his assault.

The resident said the incident was a “common occurrence” in this area, especially on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, after the extended trading hours until 2am.

Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Graham Reeves said statistically more assaults and complaints arose out of private residences than licensed venues.



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