News

100 unruly fans, 50 police and 12 arrests

UPDATE, 3PM: Up to 100 unruly league fans were involved in a melee that saw 12 arrests and 50 police called to streets surrounding North Ipswich Reserve after the Ipswich Rugby League (IRL) grand final on Sunday.

What started as police attempting to arrest a man inside the grounds following the Norths Tigers versus Brothers clash, escalated into a rolling series of altercations that saw one police officer taken to St Andrews Private Hospital with facial injuries.

Insp Keith McDonald told a media conference that at 4.55pm on Sunday police went to arrest a man inside the grounds of North Ipswich Reserve.

Insp McDonald said he was being arrested for obstructing police and resisting arrest.

MAKING HEADLINES NEWS...

Driver crashes into fish and chips shop

Boy's death years ago points to magpie risk, says Pahlke

"The game had finished and he was not complying with officers' requests to move out of the ground. His level of behaviour wasn't what would be expected by any member of the public," Insp McDonald said. "My understanding from the incident is that he was making gestures to other members of another group as they were leaving.

"Police have asked him to desist. He has continued with those actions. Officers have moved into arrest him for obstructing them in performance of their duties.

"He has then been surrounded by his family.

"(Police) have asked for assistance to try and calm the situation down and prevent the matter from getting out of hand.

"They then moved out into Pelican St, and with the assistance of a couple of additional officers, they have arrested him for the offences of obstruct and resist."

Police felt by moving the man away from the ground they would de-escalate the situation.

That is when other people became involved.

Police called for additional assistance.

The majority of the police called to the scene were there to prevent more people getting involved.

Insp McDonald said members of the crowd become involved in "a continual movement of harassment towards police officers."

The second arrest was made in Lowry St.

A senior constable was injured and taken to hospital after the third person was arrested.

Additional units were requested and more people arrested.

"Police tried to move the crowd on and asked them to disperse," Insp McDonald said. "They refused to comply with the police officers request and unfortunately a number of persons were then arrested and further police units attended the scene."

Insp McDonald said no players were involved.

"The people involved were spectators," he said. "The IRL have made an approach to the Queensland Police Service for information in relation to the people we have arrested and they are looking at taking action, along with the QRL, under the NRL's code of conduct… if there can be any association matched between any of those people who have been arrested and the clubs involved in yesterday's grand final."

The melee primarily involved two families.

"But at its peak there was probably in the vicinity of 100 people involved in the melee," Insp McDonald said. "Most of those people weren't directly involved. They were indirectly involved, providing support for those that police were having the confrontations with.

MAKING HEADLINES NEWS...

Protesters' asset sales message clear in rally

Failure to indicate attracts $800 fine and ban

10-month sentence for burglary not excessive, says judge

"They started to impact on the police officers' abilities to perform their duties.

"And that is when the crowd did swell to about 100 persons."

Insp McDonald said the incident had "nothing to do" with any disagreement between rival supporters over the result of the grand final, won by Norths 42-16.

He said it had "everything to do" with what took place after the person who was the subject of the initial arrest was "not complying with community standards".

Insp McDonald said that "alcohol was a factor in the whole incident".

As to their intoxication levels, I can't comment on that, but certainly the people arrested were affected by alcohol," he said.

A 38-year-old senior constable received abrasions to his forehead, nose, right cheek and jaw when he was punched by a person he was trying to arrest.

"He was knocked unconscious to the ground and fell face first into the asphalt surface," Insp McDonald said.

Insp McDonald said the senior constable was "extremely fortunate" not to have suffered more serious injuries.

Two female police officers received minor injuries.

The injured officer deployed capsicum spray on the offender he was trying to arrest.

One of the offenders arrested had a broken arm.

Insp McDonald said the IRL was not to blame for the incident and that the crowds at grand finals had been well behaved in recent years.

"It has been spoiled on this occasion by a number of people who have refused to comply with police requests to move on," he said.

"There are 12 arrests all up and most of those relate to serious assault on police, obstruct (police), and resist (arrest) and public nuisance."

While capsicum spray and tasers were used, Insp McDonald said it was done with restraint.

"Over the whole incident, and bearing in mind this incident has gone for over 30 minutes, police officers have shown enormous restraint," he said.

"This incident could have escalated to a higher level of violence,  more police could have been injured and members of the community could have been injured.

"Officers…have used the use of force options available to them in the circumstances that needed to be deployed or utilised.

"We want to ensure the public attend these events safely…and that they have a good time and an enjoyable time, and get home safely."

Vision of the event was taken by a police officer, but Insp McDonald said further arrests were unlikely.

"We all want to create safe communities and the behaviour of these people was unacceptable by any community standards," he said.

"Police officers are…not going to be punching bags. We are members of the community as well."

The following is the list of arrests from the incident at north Ipswich Reserve:

  • Male, 37, from Chuwar, charged with Assault/Obstruct and Public Nuisance
  • Male, 26, from Ellen Grove, charged with Assault/Obstruct
  • Male, 22, from Camira, charged with Assault/Obstruct
  • Female, 22, from Bundamba, charged with Public Nuisance
  • Female, 25, from Redbank Plains, charged with 2 x Serious Assault
  • Male, 23, from Kingston, charged with Serious Assault Police causing Bodily Harm and Serious Assault
  • Male, 19, from Redbank Plains, charged with Public Nuisance, 2 x Obstruct/Assault Police
  • Male, 21, from Redbank Plains, detained for Breach of Peace
  • Male, 21, from Goodna, charged with Public Nuisance and Assault/Obstruct Police
  • Male, 28, from Riverview, charged with 2 x Assault/Obstruct Police and Consume Liquor in a public place (associate of Bandidos CMG)
  • Male, 22, from North Booval, charged with Public Nuisance and Assault/Obstruct Police
  • Male, 32, from Redbank Plains,  charged with 2 x Assault/Obstruct
     

 

 

SUNDAY, 8PM: Police have laid charges following an incident that occurred on Sunday afternoon in North Ipswich.

A man was being arrested at a football match around 5pm when it will be alleged that a large number of other people at the game attempted to intervene.

It will be further alleged that as the man was being placed into a police vehicle, a police officer was punched in the head and has then hit his face on a concrete gutter during a struggle.

Numerous police units have then responded to the large disturbance, and as a result have taken a number of people into custody.

The police officer has been taken to St Andrews Private Hospital for treatment of facial injuries.

MAKING HEADLINES NEWS...

Driver crashes into fish and chips shop

Man impaled by door in single-vehicle crash

Boy's death years ago points to magpie risk, says Pahlke

Police have charged a 25-year-old Redbank Plains woman and a 23-year-old Kingston man with two counts each of serious assault police.

Police have also charged a 25-year-old Ellen Grove man with one count of obstruct police, a 19-year-old Redbank Plains man and a 21-year-old Goodna man with two counts of obstruct police and one count of public nuisance each, a 25-year-old Riverview man with two counts of obstructing police, a 22-year-old Carina man with one count of obstruct police and a 22-year-old North Booval man with one count each of public nuisance and obstruct police.

They are all due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on October 16.

Police are also appealing if anyone witnessed the incident or took any footage to please contact them via Police Link or Crime Stoppers.

MAKING HEADLINES NEWS...

Protesters' asset sales message clear in rally

Failure to indicate attracts $800 fine and ban

10-month sentence for burglary not excessive, says judge

 

SUNDAY, 6PM: A CROWD brawl that put a police officer in hospital took the gloss off great day of rugby league on Sunday.

The officer was taken to St Andrew's hospital with facial injuries after he was attacked following the Ipswich Rugby League Grand Final.

According to police an officer was in the process of arresting a person at North Ipswich Reserve when they were set upon by a group of around 100.

Every officer in the district was rushed to the field with lights and sirens activated.

Around 12 people were arrested at the scene when police began to arrive.

Police crews were arriving for some time following the initial incident.

The incident had cooled by 6.15pm; however, police remained on alert for hours following the brawl with tensions remaining high. 

Topics:  brawl, ipswich rugby league




Check out this memorable gift for Ipswich

Ipswich and District Athletic Club runners Nicholas Grant and Larissa Chambers after winning the latest Ipswich Gift races.

Winning sprint double in handicap races

Park named in honour of one-punch victim

IN MEMORY: A Goodna park has been named in honour of fatal assault victim Lindsay Ede.

Goodna park officially renamed Lindsay Ede Memorial Reserve

Is a serial tree poisoner at large in Ipswich?

TIMBER!: Tree loppers begin to remove six ornamental Ficus microcarpa trees at Queens Park in the interest of public safety.

Historic trees come tumbling down in Queens Park

Latest deals and offers

Ipswich people love heritage

'It's a great vote of confidence for a program that was launched in 1992 and has since provided thousands of property owners with heritage conservation'


What's on this week

GRAB A BARGAIN: The Cameron Park Market is held on the first Saturday of every month.

Five things to do in Ipswich

Diva's sister on soliciting charge

FILE - In this May 14, 2016 file photo, Mariah Carey attends the 27th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, in New York. Carey will appear on the Oct. 5 episode of the Fox series, \"Empire,\" the network confirmed Monday at a TV critics bi-annual press tour. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Mariah Carey's sister has been arrested on charges of prostitution.

Tom Cruise private jets his gym kit around the world

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise charters private to take his gym kit around the world

Movie behind Depp and Heard split to be released

Soon you'll be able to see the movie that ended the marriage

Bindi's boyfriend helps release huge croc

Chandler (far right) helped the jump team.

Chandler Powell helps catch Duncan the croc

Mick Jagger to pay £2.5m to the woman carrying his baby

Mick Jagger is reportedly paying millions to pregnant ballerina

Navy man Keller ready to marry a perfect stranger

Former Navy engineer Keller is a participant in season three of Married At First Sight.

Tattoos are just the surface of Married At First Sight groom.

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Noosa mayor on "red alert" over planning court decision

Mayor Tony Wellington hands down his first budget.

Mayor upset at lack of say about look and feel of Noosa