As­saults in Man­durah are down, say po­lice


Pinjarra Murray Times - - STREET WATCH -

PO­LICE have re­futed re­cent me­dia re­ports re­gard­ing an ap­par­ent rise in vi­o­lence in cen­tral Man­durah.

Man­durah of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Stephen Thomp­son want­ed­tore­as­sure to the com­mu­nity af­ter high pro­file in­ci­dents in the CBD.

Po­lice will be launch­ing Op­er­a­tion Can­tor in com­ing weeks to deal with anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in Man­durah’s CBD.

“In Man­durah, not all as­sault sta­tis­tics are com­ing from li­censed premises,” he said. “There have been re­ports in the me­dia on what is oc­cur­ring, but as­saults in the sub­urb of Man­durah are down since last year.”

Sen Sgt Thomp­son said year-to-date sta­tis­tics showed non-do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as­saults in the sub­urb of Man­durah were down 22 per cent.

He crit­i­cised peo­ple who had re­cently shared phone footage of as­saults with the me­dia, but not sent the footage to po­lice.

Sen Sgt Thomp­son said the vast ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who go out were re­spon­si­ble and en­joyed them­selves.

How­ever, he warned against pre-load­ing on al­co­hol and asked that peo­ple show re­spect for oth­ers.

“When peo­ple come across ag­gres­sion, they should walk away and call the po­lice,” he said.

“Be tol­er­ant to each other.”

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