Facebook fight no-show
VALUABLE police resources were unavailable on Saturday as officers patrolled the site of a proposed street fight.
Police officers and security guards were on stand-by at Tweed City Shopping Centre after more than 5500 people accepted a Facebook invitation to a public brawl.
Tweed police Inspector Greg Jago said fortunately nothing eventuated.
“Police attended the location to ensure the safety of the shoppers and staff within the centre,” Insp Jago said.
“There were a number of police resources tied up which could have been deployed more advantageously.”
Insp Jago said no one has been charged.
“Inquiries are continuing to identify the persons responsible, and if appropriate criminal prosecution will be commenced,” he warned.
“Nobody has admitted that they turned up for that, but police did speak to a number of youths who left shortly afterwards.”
This was the fourth fight organised in the area through social network websites. There has been a high police presence at all the incidents but nothing has eventuated.
Tweed City centre manager Kathryn Mills said on Thursday they became aware of the Facebook page inciting a public fight at the centre on Saturday afternoon.
“The centre management team immediately alerted local police and contacted the social media site to request the removal of the page, which was actioned immediately,” Mrs Mills said.
“The police and additional security personnel were in attendance this weekend as a precaution.
“This is now a police matter and anyone with further information should contact Insp Jago at Tweed Heads Police Station.”
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Phone Tweed Police on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.