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10 people charged after out-of-control gathering in Roebourne

Police have laid charges against 10 people involved in an out-of-gathering in Roebourne that led to widespread bottle shop closures in the region last weekend.

Takeaway liquor outlets throughout the City of Karratha closed suddenly on Saturday afternoon in compliance with a police request, following two consecutive days of alcohol-fuelled fighting in part of Roebourne.

Last Friday, Roebourne police broke up a crowd of 70-80 people acting aggressively and fighting at the intersection of Lockyer Way and Harding Street.

The next day, 40-50 people from the same group and behaving in a similar manner spilled out onto nearby Andover Way, including 10 members who were actively fighting each other.

When police attended the scene they were pelted with rocks and debris.

Each of the people arrested this week in relation to the Saturday incident has been charged with failing to comply with an order relating to an out-of-control gathering in circumstances of aggravation.

Roebourne police Sergeant Steve Taylor said alcohol had been a factor in both incidents because the people involved had been heavily intoxicated.

He said police had implemented bottle shop closures to stop the violence from continuing and keep the community safe.

“It’s not a decision we take lightly, but community protection is our primary focus,” he said.

He said there had been no further alcohol-related violence in Roebourne after the outlets had been closed.

Roebourne police officers were recalled from leave and back-up officers called in from Karratha to make up the numbers required to break up the fighting on Friday and Saturday.

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