Scarborough brawls spark call for more police
Police arrest a man during the fracas. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

Police quelled a series of brawls between involving youths on Scarborough beach last night, sparking calls for a heavier police presence in the area.

A fight between two women is believed to have spiralled out of control as other youths joined the fray about 5.30pm.

Hakim Rezaie, 16, said about 200 people watched on as the women, believed to be in their late teens, fought, and one young man tried to intervene.

At least 20 police, including mounted officers and the dog squad squad tried to establish calm but there were further scenes of anger as police arrested one young man.

The man screamed for police to let him go as at least three officers wrestled him into the back of the van.

Empty beer and soft drink bottles littered the grass and sand at the popular swimming spot, and the reek of spilled liquor hung heavy in the air.

Mother-of-two Regan Hough said she was disgusted by the behaviour.

"I think it’s a disgrace, it’s the first time I’ve seen the beach like this with all this litter," she said.

At one point she feared her daughters, six and 10, might get swept up in the brawl.

Small fights continued to erupt well into the night as about 100 youths remained on the beachfront.

The Stirling City Council will tonight vote on investigating the establishment of a mobile police post at the Maureen Grierson Centre at the beach.

Local councilor and Scarborough resident Jason Robbins said he believed a stronger police presence was needed.

“It’s not difficult to see, when you go down there, that people are just buying booze from across the road then sitting down there and just drinking,” he said

“It’s a recipe for disaster and it happens every year.”

Stirling Mayor David Boothman said he did not believe the problem of violence was “chronic”.

“When you get really hot days like this at the start of the year you get very big crowds down there,” he said.

He said the city had previously been told by police it was better to have mobile forces that can react quickly and get to places they need to be.

Police Minister and local member Liza Harvey has been contacted for comment.

The West Australian

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