Gatecrashers smash Balga soccer club social
October 14, 2012
Police are hunting a group of 20 men who gatecrashed a social club function in Balga, assaulting several members and damaging vehicles in a violent rampage last night.
Officers were called to the Balga Soccer and Social Club last night where 100 people including club members and their families were gathered.
Police say at 8pm a group of about 20 males believed to be of African descent attended at the club and demanded entry which was declined as they were not club members.
These men forced their way into the clubrooms but were pushed back out of the clubrooms by members and the doors locked.
Three club members were assaulted in this confrontation, receiving minor injuries.
The group of men then proceeded to damage about nine vehicles parked outside by smashing windows and kicking in body panels.
Eight police vehicles attended the scene and found that the group of men had dispersed into surrounding parkland and streets.
Police carried out patrols of the area and officers also remained at the scene, but later left to carry out other duties.
But as the function was ending, members were forced to lock themselves inside the clubhouse after a group of around 10 men armed with sticks and bottles returned.
They called police who arrived back at the venue within a minute of the call being received.
Police again dispersed the group of men as club members emerged from the building.
Police say some verbal altercations occurred between the two groups, with a bottle being thrown by an unknown person.
Police separated the two groups, but because of the potential for the incident to escalate police requested organisers close down the function.
As the event was already closing and the attendees were departing, this was agreed to.
Police remained to ensure no further incidents occurred.
Police are investigating the incident and will be seeking to identify the offenders so they can be charged with the relevant offences.
Anyone with any information regarding the incident or the offenders is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.