Fam­ily fun ru­ined by car at­tack

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

A GROUP of youths punched and kicked at a car stopped at a red light – al­most lead­ing to a crash – in a shock­ing in­ci­dent out­side the Townsville Show­grounds on Sun­day night.

Video footage of the at­tack has emerged on so­cial me­dia show­ing the group chas­ing down a car, which was stopped at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wool­cock St and Kings Rd, seem­ingly try­ing to pull a pas­sen­ger out of the ve­hi­cle. The driver sped through the red light as the youths punched and kicked the ve­hi­cle, al­most smash­ing into another car.

Townsville Po­lice In­spec­tor Mark Jackson said of­fi­cers were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent, which was be­lieved to have started af­ter a fight be­tween five teens and two men.

“Two males in­volved were able to get into a ve­hi­cle and leave the scene but were re­quired to stop at a red light a short dis­tance away,” Insp Jackson said.

“On do­ing so, the group of youths de­scended on the car ... the footage shows a num­ber of youths kick­ing the ve­hi­cle sev­eral times and also ap­pear to at­tempt to as­sault the driver through the win­dow. It is con­cern­ing such an in­ci­dent could take place out­side what is es­sen­tially a fam­ily fes­ti­val. There were fam­i­lies with kids in the area who were no doubt alarmed. This is not the sort of thing they should have to see.”

Call Crimestop­pers on 1800 333 000 with in­for­ma­tion.

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