Brawl brings more trouble to Rosewood

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after a brawl that started outside the Rosewood police station before spilling over to a nearby primary school.

It comes in the wake of Rosewood residents and Councillor David Pahlke expressing concerns to the QT about increased violence and public nuisance incidents on trains and in town.

Police said up to eight people began fighting in the town's main street, John St, about 3.10pm on Tuesday, sparking residents' calls to police.

The brawl moved to the St Brigid's school hall and reached its peak when 10 people took part in the fight which had moved to the primary school oval, police said.

Police from Rosewood and Ipswich attended and stopped the fight after it had moved through Rosewood and into a paddock near the golf course.

A man, 18, was charged with public nuisance offences.

Cr Pahlke said violent incidents had become too common in the usually quiet town.

"Most of these young people come off the train and run wild; it's a small country town and no one knows them," Cr Pahlke said.

"I've had people who were on the same train as some of them tell me how disgusted and concerned they were at their behaviour.

"The police are doing what they can, but these kids are young and get a slap on the wrist."

He said he was frustrated Queensland Rail surveillance cameras didn't stop the anti-social and dangerous behaviour.

"There are cameras but who is watching them? That's what people want to know," he said.

A Rosewood resident who was on the same train as some of the people in Tuesday's fight said she was upset.

"We're all very angry about it," said the woman, who didn't want her name published.

"I don't know if it was the exact same group of people, but it was definitely some of them.

"There was a lady in a wheelchair with an assistance dog on the train as well as a mum with a baby and all her groceries.

"These people have to put up with the misbehaviour. These young people run and yell."



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