Fight escalates into 20-person brawl at Mackay taxi rank

Police are seeking witnesses to a brawl at the Wood St taxi rank at the weekend.
Police are seeking witnesses to a brawl at the Wood St taxi rank at the weekend. Cas Garvey

A SHORT argument between two people at the Wood St taxi rank quickly escalated into an alleged assault before turning into an altercation involving up to 20 people.

Police said when they arrived at the scene shortly after 3.20am Saturday, a 19-year-old victim was spoken to and has alleged to have been assaulted causing injuries to their face and jaw.

The man who is alleged to have caused these injuries is described as being Torres Strait Islander in appearance and wearing a white t-shirt.

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Investigating police are seeking to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident or may have information which could assist.

If you have info, you can contact the Mackay Police Station on 4968 3444 or via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

In January this year, the Federal Cabinet voted to scrap the 1am lockout and bring in mandatory ID scanning in nightclub precincts instead over coming months.

The decision came after Ministers received an interim report in the first six months of liquor reforms, which found there had been no "obvious reduction" in alcohol-related assaults since alcohol service restrictions began on July 1 but there had been a continuing downward trend in common assaults between 8pm and 6am and a continuing downward trend in ambulance call outs, including in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.

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