Police plea to help stop night violence

Tim EdmundsAlbany Advertiser

Police have pleaded with the victims of a violent assault in the Albany CBD on the weekend to come forward.

The Albany Advertiser understands a group of tourists were left hospitalised from an assault at about midnight on Saturday in the vicinity of Stirling Terrace.

Police confirmed yesterday they were investigating the assault on a group of tourists, but the assault had not been reported.

It is understood a man was punched to the back of the head and a woman was punched and kicked to the head as she was on the ground.

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Witnesses also reported large groups fighting at the bottom of York Street on Friday night which forced a taxi rank to lock its doors.

The weekend incidents follow a vicious unprovoked assault in the main Stirling Terrace carpark in July, which left an Albany woman unconscious and her teeth knocked out.

An Albany man was also attacked in the carpark in the same month after being set upon by a large group.

Great Southern police district Superintendent Dom Wood said police had only just begun investigating the assaults as the victims had not come forward.

“It’s so important if there is any incident occurring at the time that people contact police immediately,” he said.

“That gives us the opportunity to try and identify the offenders, what they’re wearing at the time and gets us on the front foot and (helps) identify what has happened through CCTV. Most importantly to us, as soon as we know something has gone on and offending has taken place, it gives us the opportunity to try and prevent any further offences.

“At the moment we haven’t got a reported offence down there, not saying it didn’t happen, (but) it would make life a lot easier and we would be able to identify the offenders if those people who reported through social media came to us.”

Supt Wood said the weekend was the busiest period for officers on duty who were often called away from the CBD to other tasks in the suburbs.

“We always have patrols in the area but we can never guarantee always being there for every minute of that busy period,” he said.

“We always roster to have as many officers available at the busier times and we do what we can to have officers in that area and be as proactive as we can, but we also have officers monitoring CCTV and direct officers to those locations where they see people acting suspiciously or with the potential for flare-ups.

“We do that, but you can’t have a police officer on every street corner unfortunately.”

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