A man has been filmed being kicked and stomped on in a horrific bashing at a popular Sydney beach with locals concerned violence is gripping their affluent suburb.
Video obtained by 7News shows two men trading punches before it quickly escalates into a group brawl.
Several young men can be seen ganging up on another man, punching and kicking him repeatedly after knocking him to the ground at Newport Beach.
The victim attempts to cover his head as he is attacked from all sides.
Vincent De Luca, independent for Narrabeen, told The Daily Telegraph he’s viewed the footage and thinks it’s a “violent and vicious assault”.
“The victim was small and outnumbered,” he told the paper.
“There were six of them and you can see them kicking him in the head.”
Witness Ben Sami told 7News he tried to stop the group but was threatened with a large stick.
“It’s really out of control, until the police presence is here this is not going to change,” he said.
By the time police arrived on the scene, the group had dispersed.
The victim was treated for minor injuries in hospital, but has refused to make a formal statement.
Cr De Luca has started a petition on Change.org calling on more police resources for the area.
Residents on the Northern Beaches echoed his sentiment with a Narrabeen resident calling it a “scary place to be”.
“The safety of our residents is compromised at present,” one woman wrote.
Others were concerned for the safety of children.
“Our kids deserve to be safe in their own neighbourhood,” another said.
Police confirmed to Yahoo News Australia that a 17-year-old boy has been charged over the incident and has been refused bail to appear in the Children’s Court tomorrow.
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