Kir­wan cops chal­lenge city’s thugs

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

KIR­WAN’S top cop has vowed to fol­low up on re­ports a gang of 15 armed youths forced a fam­ily to bar­ri­cade them­selves in their home.

He said he would those re­spon­si­ble.

T h e r e a s s u r a n c e c o mes af­ter Bul­letin read­ers were yes­ter­day out­raged over the gang threat­en­ing Kelso man Wayne Ros­sow and his fam­ily. They re­port­edly ar­rived in five cars and armed with a base­ball bat.

Kir­wan po­lice of­fi­cer-in­charge Se­nior-Sergeant Gary Ed­diehausen said the is­sue arose from a dis­pute early Satur­day morn­ing, when two peo­ple were al­legedly as­saulted dur­ing a party at the house.

Sen-Sgt Ed­diehausen said the as­sault com­plaints were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by Kir­wan

ar­rest po­lice. He said t h e f a c t a g r o u p o f youths had deci ded t o r et u r n t o t h e party to take the law into t h e i r o w n hands meant they could find them­selves in more trou­ble.

‘‘ We’ll be iden­ti­fy­ing who those peo­ple are and they’ll be in­ves­ti­gated,’’ he said.

‘‘ If the cir­cum­stances are such that we can prove a charge, they’ll be charged and ap­pear be­fore a court.’’

Sen-Sgt Ed­diehausen said the best thing to do if a dis­tur­bance or con­fronta­tion arose was to call po­lice im­me­di­ately and let of­fi­cers dif­fuse the sit­u­a­tion.

Mr Ros­sow pre­vi­ously told the Bul­letin Mon­day night’s in­ci­dent made him feel like his home was a ‘‘ prison’’ be­cause he could not leave for fear of be­ing at­tacked.

‘ ‘ They d i d n’ t c r o s s

Ed­diehausen

t he boundary of our prop­erty so the po­lice couldn’t do any­thing,’’ he said.

‘‘ I couldn’t go out­side my prop­erty be­cause this is giv­ing them per­mis­sion to as­sault me.’’

The stand-off out­raged Bul­letin read­ers yes­ter­day, with many say­ing on­line the story proved of­fend­ers had more rights than law-abid­ing citiz e n s . H o w e v e r , S e n - S g t Ed­diehausen said those in­volved in the con­fronta­tion could face a range of charges af­ter po­lice fin­ished in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter.

He said the worst thing for peo­ple to do would be to stoop to the same lev­els as neigh­bour­hood thugs.

‘‘ We don’t con­done the ac­tions of any per­son who takes the law into their own hands and they’ll be the sub­ject of some swift po­lice ac­tion if they do,’’ he said.

To re­port a dis­tur­bance, call Townsville po­lice on 4759 9777 o r C r i m e S t o p p e r s o n 1800 333 000.

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