Fam­ily ‘ kept pris­oner’ in Kelso home by gang

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Alexis Gill­ham

A FAM­ILY was ‘‘ held hostage’’ in their Kelso home last night af­ter be­ing threat­ened by five car­loads of would-be as­sailants.

A gang of 15, re­port­edly armed with a base­ball bat, threat­ened Wayne Ros­sow, his wife and four chil­dren at their Bar­bara St home last night in re­tal­i­a­tion to be­ing kicked out of a pri­vate party there on the week­end.

An an­gry Mr Ros­sow said he had clashed with the group on Satur­day night when they turned up un­in­vited to his son’s 21st birth­day. He said the mixed-sex gang had ar­rived af­ter mid­night, punched his son and at­tacked other guests.

‘‘ By the time po­lice ar­rived they had gone, so po­lice said there was noth­ing they could do,’’ Mr Ros­sow said.

He said po­lice had pre­vi­ously told him they feared for their own safety in deal­ing with the large gang. He said the group had again re­treated when they saw po­lice last night.

‘‘ There were about five cars full of them,’’ he said. ‘‘ They didn’t cross the boundary of our prop­erty so the po­lice didn’t do any­thing. I couldn’t go out­side my prop­erty be­cause this is ba­si­cally giv­ing them per­mis­sion to as­sault me. My cas­tle is be­com­ing a prison.’’

Po­lice con­firmed they had at­tended both in­ci­dents.

‘‘ Po­lice ar­rived at the outof-con­trol party on Satur­day night and asked the un­in­vited group to move on,’’ a po­lice spokes­woman said.

‘‘ They went to the same ad­dress ( tonight) and told the group to move on, which they did.’’

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