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Calls for Rocky locals to leave the fight against crime to police

May 9, 2023 9:51 am in by

There are calls for residents to not take matters into their own hands, after a controversial rally against crime was held in Rockhampton.

On Sunday around 100 people met at Central Park to discuss a recent surge in crime in the area.

Some of the members then went to homes in Norman Gardens and Berserker, to confront people they believed had committed crimes.

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Footage shows members from the group bashing on windows and chasing an alleged offender down the street.

The community meet up had been organised by former One Nation candidate Torin O’Brien.

Capricornia District Superintendent Glen Pointing says police had engaged in discussions about the rally with him.

“He was negotiated with during the day, and it was pointed out to him that the extent of the police resources that were being devoted to their attendance to that address … really what that does is just leaves the rest of the city exposed,” he says.

Police say they will ramp up patrols of the homes that were targeted in the rally.

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Superintendent Pointing says he empathises with victims of crime but taking the law into your own hands is dangerous.

“They went to an address at Norman Gardens … probably about 60 people and they called out the resident of that address, I believe one person ran away and that person was chased by a small group of people.

“They then left and went to another address and also called out the residents of that address.

“It is concerning, we don’t like to see that take place because it exposes people at risk … victims and offenders.

“It’s the job of the police to investigate these things.”

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