Woman bashed in Ipswich CBD

A YOUNG woman from Brisbane won’t forget Ipswich in a hurry after she was bashed and robbed in the city’s notorious CBD.

Ipswich detectives are investigating the assault and robbery of a 17-year-old woman from the northern Brisbane suburb of Strathpine.

Police said that about 7.40pm Saturday the woman was walking towards David Trumpy Bridge, near the intersection with Bell Street and Mansfield Place.

As she was about to walk on to the bridge she was grabbed from behind by two females and punched in the face twice.

The attackers stole her handbag and mobile phone before fleeing on foot. The victim sustained bruising to her face but did not require medical attention.

Ipswich CIB Detective Senior Constable Travis Blyth said the young woman came to Ipswich to see her boyfriend.

A couple of girls followed her from the train station and she was grabbed from behind and punched twice in the face.

THE incident has revived discussion about the unsafe reputation of the Ipswich CBD at night, with Facebook full of comments on early reports.

But Snr Const Blyth said Ipswich was no worse than anywhere else and it had the advantage of the Safe City monitoring cameras.

“This can happen anywhere, but the fact that we have the Safe City network means we should be able to solve the case soon,” he said.

“Safe City was able to follow the girl from the train station and afterwards showed the two girls looking at her mobile phone.

“They were acting very suspicious at the train station.

“It’s not good that someone gets robbed on the main bridge in Ipswich, but it could have happened anywhere, and the difference here is that with Safe City we can wrap up the case sooner.”

He said the woman went to the Eagle Boys Pizza store on the other side of the bridge and told them what happened.

Snr Const Blyth said Eagle Boys staff said she was very distressed.

“The victim took a while to report it. She got her boyfriend to come and pick her up and she reported it later.

“She wasn’t badly hurt; it was more the shock than the injuries.”

Snr Const Blyth said the woman’s ordeal was a reminder for everyone to be careful about walking alone at night.

“It’s a matter of keeping your personal safety in the forefront of your mind,” he said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au.

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