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Police 'confident' arrests to come after gang fight

4:22pm Aug 9, 2018
Riot police called into Melbourne suburb

 

 

 
 
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Victoria Police are confident they'll make arrests after two gangs of Sudanese Australians warred over girlfriends last night, throwing rocks and damaging a police car during an aggressive rumble in Melbourne's north-west.

The groups, who police say had "pre-existing tensions", agreed to meet at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes last night to fight over a girl before management called officers who moved on them on.

The youths then took public transport to Lonzo Park in Taylors Hill and threw "a number of projectiles believed to be rocks", before riot police were called and moved them on.

A large group of warring youths were dispersed by riot police in Melbourne's northwest overnight. Picture: Supplied. A large group of warring youths were dispersed by riot police in Melbourne's northwest overnight. Picture: Supplied. (9NEWS) The youths smashed the window of a police vehicle and caused significant property damage in the area. Picture: 9NEWS. The youths smashed the window of a police vehicle and caused significant property damage in the area. Picture: 9NEWS. (9NEWS)

Victoria Police Graham Ashton told the media about 20 to 30 Sudanese Australians were involved in the fight, which he understood was over girlfriends.

"We had a group of about 20 or 30, it was kids from our Australian Sudanese community coming from the southern suburbs to meet up with kids from the northern suburbs to have a bit of clash there ... about girlfriends or something like that," he said.

He said police used crowd control equipment to move on the youths - which could include throwing out smoke or loud noise - and there were a lot of spectators.

"They are groups of kids coming together. You can call them gangs ... But if you think of them as gangs it's not the way we tend to respond to them as they don't have the traditional thing that we think groups have," he said.

"These are groups that use social media."

A large group of young people were found congregating at Taylors Hill before projectiles were thrown at police. Picture: Supplied. A large group of young people were found congregating at Taylors Hill before projectiles were thrown at police. Picture: Supplied. (9NEWS) There were reports around 100 people were involved. Picture: 9NEWS There were reports around 100 people were involved. Picture: 9NEWS (Twitter)

Residents, who were told to "stay inside and lock their doors", described how the two groups of youths, some dressed in their school uniforms, faced off against each other.

A large-scale police response unit was called to the scene, including the Operations Response Unit and the Public Order Response Team. Several roads were also blocked off as officers attempted to dispel the group.

"A number of projectiles, believed to be rocks, were thrown and a police vehicle was damaged," police said in a statement to 9NEWS.

Police said they continued to patrol the area and monitor the situation last night as the youths dispersed and were moved on from the area. There were no reports of major injuries.

The group threw rocks at police cars, damaging one. Picture: 9NEWS The group threw rocks at police cars, damaging one. Picture: 9NEWS (Twitter)

South Sudanese community representative Maker Mayek said the "regrettable" incident could be traced back to a Facebook post flagging the fight.

"It was a very, very unfortunate situation and it's one that we as members of the community really do denounce," Mr Mayek said.

"No one should feel unsafe in their homes. I've seen people saying their children were terrified. This is an absolutely horrific thing to see.

"It's not the African community, it's not the Africans in general, these are young people from the South Sudanese community, and we want to make it clear no one condones their actions."

South Sudanese community representative Maker Mayek said the "regrettable" incident could be traced back to a Facebook post flagging the fight. Picture: Twitter South Sudanese community representative Maker Mayek said the "regrettable" incident could be traced back to a Facebook post flagging the fight. Picture: Twitter (Nine)

Meanwhile, one resident told 9NEWS that people have begun stockpiling their own weapons to protect their families from similar incidents in the future.

"What do we do? Bolt all our doors?" he said.

"A lot of people even have their own weapons - I don't - but one day somebody's going to get hurt and it's not going to be good.

Taylors Hll resident's told 9NEWS last night's ordeal was scary and the "kids were there to cause trouble." Taylors Hll resident's told 9NEWS last night's ordeal was scary and the "kids were there to cause trouble." (Nine)

Elderly residents in the neighbourhood were left horrified, wondering how to protect themselves from the violence. 

"They were everywhere, I don't know if I'm over exaggerating but it looked like hundreds," resident Maree Delaney told 9NEWS. 

"I was scared they were going to start smashing cars, breaking doors down, everything.

"Other then a security door, there is nothing we can do. We don't want to build brick walls, we're Australians, we don't want to live like that. 

"This was out of control last night, the streets were blocked off but that didn't seem to get rid of them. 

"You just think, how am I going to defend myself?"

Premier Daniel Andrews addressed the media this morning, saying he believed police responded "appropriately" to the incident. 

Premier Daniel Andrews said police responded appropriately to the gang violence. Picture: 9NEWS Premier Daniel Andrews said police responded appropriately to the gang violence. Picture: 9NEWS (Nine)

"I think police responded in force, police responded quickly, police responded appropriately," Mr Andrews said. 

"It would of been very very distressing for local residents and they can be assured that we will continue to provide Victoria Police with every single thing they need in order to fight crime and make the community safer." 

The rampage comes after Melbourne residents have voiced fears for their safety following a spate of recent break-ins from roaming gangs.

A number of terrifying incidents involving youths have also been filmed throughout the city in recent months, including one mass street party with around 1000 young people which ended in violence.

Meanwhile, African community leaders have hit back at accusations of a gang violence problem in Melbourne, saying they have resulted in racism and harassment for young African Australia

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