Fence palings used in brawls

THE parties usually start in the middle of the day.

There are people coming and going all the time, and what starts with pushing and shoving often gets out of hand and brawls spill onto the street.

These alcohol-fuelled fights on Ingham Street in North Rockhampton sometimes lead to injuries, with fence palings used as weapons.

It's the sad reality residents in the area witness too often.

When it starts to brew, a 20-year-old man living on the street, who wishes not to be named, takes his car to the back of his property.

A few weeks ago, he woke to find the windscreen of a car he borrowed from a mate for the night had been smashed.

“I always wake up when it happens. We're living in fear. These people have no regard for what time of the day it is. It's a shame. And it's not just kids,” the man said.

Just last week an ambulance was called to Ingham Street at 2am to treat several youths after they'd received injuries to the head.

On other occasions the injured parties have refused to make official complaints.

Police have been called to the street on a number of occasions in relation to groups of people fighting in the street and arrests have been made.

Officer in Charge of the North Rockhampton Police Station Senior Sergeant Murray Shields said it was vital that residents in the area reported incidents to police immediately.

“People in the community shouldn't put up with this behaviour,” Senior Sergeant Shields said.

Other residents in Ingham Street said those living in the street weren't the problem – it was often visitors.



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