A terrified resident of Taylors Hill has spoken of arming himself with a baseball bat as up to 100 youths brawled on his street.
Two gangs of youths of African appearance threw rocks and damaged a police car during an aggressive face off in Melbourne's northwest last night.
Sach, who didn’t want to share his full name, told Triple M of the lengths he went to get his wife home safely:
“When the wife was coming home I gave her a call and said ‘go through the main street, don’t go through the actual estate itself - it’s absolutely chaos’. When she pulled up I made sure I had a baseball bat with me as she pulled into the garage and I quickly locked the roller door,”
The groups, who police say had "pre-existing tensions", had agreed to meet at Watergardens Shopping Centre in Taylors Lakes to fight on Wednesday before management called officers who moved on them on.
They then moved onto Lonzo Park in Taylors Hill and threw "a number of projectiles believed to be rocks", police say.
Riot police were called in just after 5.30pm.
The groups of youths, some dressed in school uniforms faces off against each other on the street. It’s believed there were between 50 to 100 young people involved.
Victoria Police Commander Tim Hanson said no police were injured and they were investigating:
“I’m told none of our members were injured, but that’s certainly not what we want to see in residential Melbourne. We’ll launch an investigation based on some intelligence overnight and I daresay make some headway on that this morning.”
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