Det Insp Shane Diehm is concerned by the prospect of the ‘fight’ and its publicity on Facebook.
Det Insp Shane Diehm is concerned by the prospect of the ‘fight’ and its publicity on Facebook. Blainey Woodham

Thousands say 'yes' to brawl

POLICE are on stand-by after more than 5500 people accepted a Facebook invitation to a public fight in Tweed Heads South today.

A brawl organised online attracted the attention of more than 6000 people, with 5587 people confirming they would attend and 414 replying “maybe”.

Tweed Police crime manager Detective Inspector Shane Diehm said fights organised on social network websites were a cause for concern and there would be a high police presence at the proposed location.

“We do task our police to attend such events, and in at least the last three incidents nothing has eventuated,” Det Insp Diehm.

“This doesn’t mean we will discount this particular event. We will patrol the area and if anybody has any more information they should contact us through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The fight, which was publicised on Facebook, is believed to have been organised by a 13-year-old Kingscliff High School boy.

It stated: “im sick of u **** ***** talkin it up on facebook ... I will fight any 1 as long as its 1 on 1.”

The boy named a specific time and location for the fight to take place and listed the names, possibly fictitious, of three people he wanted to “c there n fight”.

Police were confident the mooted 5500 people would not turn up for the clash.

“People just click on these things and say yes they’re going to attend without realising what they’re attending,” Det Insp Diehm said.

“But we’ll still have a high police presence in the area.

“This is an area we would usually patrol quite heavily on Saturday anyway.”

Det Insp Diehm said organised fights and anti-social behaviour were a growing trend on websites such as Facebook.

“Everyone seems to be a lot tougher online,” he said.

“We’ve had at least three in the area in the past couple of weeks.

“We’ve had a high police presence at them all.”

Det Insp Diehm said no-one had been charged in relation to the most recent incident.

“We’re conducting investigations in relation to who put this information on the social network site, and if they commit any offences in relation to what they put up there we’ll take action.

“People should just ignore the event and not turn up because police will be there.”

He added that the incident served as a reminder to parents to know what their children were up to online.

Anyone experiencing bullying, including online, can contact Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.



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