This photograph was taken three days after ‘Fred’ was attacked with a post.
This photograph was taken three days after ‘Fred’ was attacked with a post.

Victim of violence speaks out

FOR one Urunga resident it will be some time before he forgets what it’s like to be targeted by angry teens.

Because he still fears for his safety, the man doesn’t want to be identified but he said his story shows what can be achieved when police act quickly and decisively.

‘Fred’ said a group of minors and young adults first came to his attention late last year when they began drinking and partying in a lane behind Urunga’s shops.

“One night a shop window was smashed. Every Friday and Saturday night they held loud drunken parties in the back lane often until the early hours of the morning,” Fred said.

From his balcony Fred also noticed that they scattered in all directions every time a police car approached, only to regroup and rejoice when the officers had left the area.

“It was like they had a sentry. They certainly thought it was great that they could evade the police,” Fred said. December 27 was the night the situation came to a head when Fred heard his back security gate being opened.

He went to investigate and during a confrontation in his backyard with two of the youths he was hit on the arm with a white post.

“It was about a metre long and it really hurt, so even though I feared it was broken I went up to the police station rang the night phone and reported the incident,” Fred said.

“Based on the descriptions I gave the officer he was able to capture and charge the youths who assaulted me the next day.

“Since then the partying has stopped and because the police showed they meant business we’ve had six weeks of quiet nights and unbroken sleep.”

“It was like the kids enjoyed terrorising us. I am so grateful for the swift and decisive response of the local police.”

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