Hard to get a straight story out of the mainstream media, but piecing these two stories together, it looks like African gangs attacked two white Australians at a beach in Scarborough, and spent a lot of time in mass brawls amongst themselves.
Locals fight back against Scarborough beachfront violence
- by: Phil Hickey
- From: PerthNow
- October 21, 2012 3:55PM
Nine News – Scarborough brawls
A 15yo has been charged after a brawl involving about 20 African youths on the Scarborough beachfront yesterday.
Perth Now2 October 2012
Replay: Nine News – Scarborough brawls
ON THE BEAT: Police patrol Scarborough Beach as residents protest recent violence. Picture: Marie Nirme Source: PerthNow
SIGN OF THE TIMES: A resident holds a placard outlining recent problems. Picture: Marie Nirme
SCARBOROUGH locals are fighting back against recent alcohol fuelled violence which has plagued the beachfront suburb.
Some residents revealed today that they are too scared to go to the beach on hot days because they fear they will be assaulted by drunken thugs.
A community crime forum on the beachfront this morning, organised by City of Stirling councillors Jason Robbins and Bill Stewart, saw about 80 local residents descend on the beach keen to voice their concerns and ideas following a string of drunken and violent incidents at the beach in the past few months.
Among the incidents to hit the headlines recently have been several brawls involving dozens of drunken youths, while two men aged in their 30s were attacked with bricks and bottles by a gang of thugs just 12 days ago.
Mr Robbins told those at the forum that the time had come for action to rid the area of violent and drunken thugs.
“We hear the same spin from the same spin doctors…we are sick of the spin, we want some action,” Mr Robbins said.
“We need to send a strong message…making it clear to the thugs they are not wanted.”
Mr Robbins flagged a number of ideas at the forum including a proposed police post at the beach over the summer months in an effort to deter trouble makers to the area.
Mr Robbins said police officers needed to be seen enforcing the law to the full extent to those who break it.
“We need to be decisive and we need to be consistent and they (the thugs) need to learn that they are not going to come down here and cause problems for the rest of us because we are here to have a swim and enjoy the peaceful environment,” he said.
“Let them (the police) enforce the law by confiscating alcohol…(that) in turn will build trust and confidence in the area.”
Married couple Kellie and Josh Bannister and their baby son Taj were among those at today’s community forum.
They have lived in Scarborough for the past two years and said they no longer felt safe going to the beach on hot days.
“We are sick of it, we just won’t come down here on a hot Saturday afternoon anymore, it’s just too dangerous,” Mrs Bannister said.
“You can’t even come down here for fish and chips…we just want it to stop, enough is enough.”
Martin Symes, 36, was one of the two men attacked with bricks and bottles at the Scarborough beachfront 12 days ago.
He needed seven staples to his head after being struck with a brick and counts himself lucky to be alive.
He too attended the forum this morning along with his mate who was also assaulted.
“We just want to put a stop to the whole summer time, weekend violence that comes to Scarborough,” Mr Symes said.
“We are aware that we have to share our beach and we generally do but we don’t need the trouble out of it.”
My Symes welcomed the idea of a police post at the beach this summer.
“I think the (police) presence would help but I think they’ve got to be seen to be actually policing, patrolling and making arrests and showing people that you can’t get away with it,” he said.
Latest police figures show there were 100 non-aggravated sexual assaults, aggravated sexual assaults, non-aggravated assaults and aggravated assaults in Scarborough between January and September this year.
That compares to just 18 in the nearby coastal suburbs of Cottesloe and nine in City Beach.
Police investigate brawl at Scarborough
Posted Tue Oct 2, 2012 9:14am AEST
Police in Perth say they are still trying to determine what sparked a brawl involving up to 200 people at Scarborough Beach.
A group of Africans began fighting late yesterday afternoon.
Police say several people were arrested before the group dispersed.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Stirling, David Boothman, says a huge amount of rubbish dumped by thousands of beach goers at Scarborough during yesterday’s hot weather will be cleaned up.
Residents have described the amount of rubbish left on the beach as disgusting.