Make Scarbs safe, say locals
Police speak to a couple at Scarborough Beach. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

Scarborough residents have vowed to fight alcohol-fuelled violence to reclaim their beach from "thugs" after a recent spate of drunken brawls and attacks.

More than 80 people attended a community forum held by City of Stirling councillors Jason Robbins and Bill Stewart yesterday to voice concerns over the violence and to offer solutions.

But even as the meeting proceeded, beachgoers with cartons of alcohol arrived, ignoring police and signs.

A 28-year-old man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and giving false particulars -after being stopped carrying beer.

Cr Robbins said he no longer felt safe at the beach and called for a bigger police presence in summer.

"Every year history repeats itself and every summer we see the same things - drunken mobs rioting, throwing bottles, fighting and everyone around them gets caught in the crossfire," he said. "These thugs have no respect for us, our kids, our lifesavers or the police."

Cr Robbins called for a permanent police post at Scarborough beach in summer and urged a crackdown on alcohol.

Though not invited, Police Minister and member for Scarborough Liza Harvey attended the forum.

Ms Harvey said there were plans for a trial mobile police facility at Scarborough beach in summer but she could not say when it would be set up, how many hours it would operate or how many officers would be assigned to patrol.

Among residents who spoke out was Martyn Symes, a real estate agent attacked by youths as he walked with a friend to a petrol station on Scarborough Beach Road on October 9.

The 36-year-old had seven stiches in his head and his friend, Chris Douglas, 33, will need a titanium plate in his skull after he was hit with a brick and a bottle.

Mr Symes gave an emotional address calling for more respect and stricter policing.

"Police need to be seen actually patrolling and handing out notices and showing people they can't get away with bad behaviour," he said.

"We don't mind sharing our beach with everyone else but if you're going to come here, you need to show some respect."

Locals rally at Scarborough Beach. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian

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