NIGHT OF MAY­HEM IN MEL­BOURNE’S WEST

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Res­i­dents are scared and we’re look­ing out for each other Nearby Hill­side res­i­dent Alf Cata­nia These are hor­ren­dous of­fences Vic­to­ria Po­lice Com­man­der Rus­sell Bar­rett

11.30pm Thurs­day Time: Lo­ca­tion: Cale­do­nian Cres, Hill­side In­ci­dent: Four men smash the glass door of a home and en­ter, they force the 59-year-old fe­male oc­cu­pant to sit in the front room and strike her across the face caus­ing cuts and bruis­ing. Ten more men en­ter the house and ran­sack the home, steal­ing elec­tri­cal items and car keys.

9.30pm m Thurs­day Time: Lo­ca­tion: Ar­gylee Way, Tay­lors Hill In­ci­dent: A 17-year-old bboy is robbed and as­saulted while walk­ing down the street. Of­fend­ers get out of car, de­mand goods from vic­tim, who re­fuses. He’s hit with a base­ball bat on the legs, dragged and then as­saulted.

12.15am Fri­day Time: Lo ca ti Lo­ca­tion: ion: Near No­bel Banks Drive, Cairn lea Inci de In­ci­dent: ent: Three or four men punch and kick a 16-year-old boy who was walk­ing down the streets. They steal his mo­bile phone and de­mand the pass­code.

12.30am Fri­day y Time: Lo­ca­tion: Co­leridgeli Drive, i De­la­hey In­ci­dent: Three men force en­try into a house by smash­ing a win­dow be­side the door. The in­trud­ers flee with a stolen mo­bile phone af­ter the oc­cu­pants arm them­selves. The of­fend­ers drive off in a light-coloured sedan.

1.30am Fri­day Time: Lo­ca­tion: Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions around Sun­shine In­ci­dent: Po­lice spot a stolen car on St Al­bans Road that was be­lieved to have been in­volved in the ear­lier in­ci­dents, and chase it. Po­lice at­tempt to in­ter­cept the car on Bal­larat Road but the ve­hi­cle doesn’t stop and po­lice be­gin pur­suit. Car is found a short time later crashed into a fence and power pole on Edna Street. Po­lice chase the oc­cu­pants on foot but lose them on Suf­folk Road.

Po­lice be­lieve all in­ci­dents are linked and all of­fend­ers are per­ceived as be­ing of African ap­pear­ance.

The own­ers of the Hill­side house where a woman was trau­ma­tised

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