A group of people involved in a huge brawl on East St yell and gesture obscenely at the camera after police arrive to break up the fight
A group of people involved in a huge brawl on East St yell and gesture obscenely at the camera after police arrive to break up the fight Rachael Conaghan

Petrol bomb and fence pailings used in third street brawl

A PETROL bomb and fence palings were the weapons of choice for the two feuding families involved in Rockhampton's third big street brawl in three days.

Between 30 and 50 people were involved in the most recent fight, which police were called to around 3pm on Saturday.

Eleven police cars attended to the incident at an East St address, where a group of people brandished fence palings at those inside the house.

Police said someone from inside the house threw a petrol bomb out the window, but it landed in a tree.

Four people were arrested and charged with public nuisance offences.

The East St incident followed two other brawls, both in Pfitzemater St in Norman Gardens, on January 1 and 2.

In the first brawl, at 10.30pm on Thursday, four people were charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, two counts of assault and public nuisance.

The people involved in the second, at 6.25pm on Friday, left the scene before police arrived.

Senior Sergeant Steve Crouch said the brawls were sparked by a culturally sensitive issue.

"There have been a number of similar disturbances with the same group of people at addresses in Rockhampton," he said.

"We're working closely with both family groups to try and resolve the issues and mediate the tension."

However, Snr Sgt Crouch said police would take action and make any arrests necessary.

The four people involved in the first incident will appear in court on January 22, while the four involved in the third incident will appear on January 23 and 27.


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