Topics:  assault, ipswich

Residents sick of nasty night-time mob in local park

WE won't be intimidated.

That is the message to mobs of out-of-control youths from a successful businessman who lives near a park close to the CBD.

The resident, who wished to remain anonymous for his own and his children's safety, said the community was fed up with the night-time activities of large groups of young people.

"The issue is that there are youths in groups of five to 30 who congregate en masse in parks in close proximity to the CBD … and generally they are involved in violent altercations," he said.

"I saw a group of them fighting the other night at 9.30pm. Innocent people have been attacked violently and it has been getting worse for the last 12 months.

"If you live near a park you are afraid of going outside for fear of getting bashed up.

"Many of these parks have been designed specifically for young families to go to with their children.

"They have swings for them to play with their parents. They are not designed for the congregation of youths to behave in a dysfunctional, anti-social way.

"We have purchased properties in the most prestigious part of Ipswich. It is a fantastic place with a great future ahead of it and we are not going to be intimidated by groups of young people gathering in public parks and made feel unsafe in our own homes."

The resident said Safe City cameras were a great initiative and welcomed the news that police would be patrolling the parks in question.

"Members of the community are irate about this situation. You can't beat up innocent bystanders who are contributing to Ipswich and get away with it."

Topics:  assault, ipswich



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