Further charges laid over Karloo street brawls

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Geraldton police have made further charges over a recent series of street brawls in Karloo, one of which went viral after it was filmed and posted to Facebook.

Between January 19 and 23 police responded to several reports of large groups of people fighting at the intersection of Joel Court and Zimmri Street.

Geraldton Police Station operations manager, Sgt Drue Pardoe, said the fights were the result of a feud between two families that escalated after two girls came to blows on January 19.

Footage showing a chaotic brawl on the afternoon of January 20 attracted attention from news agencies across Australia after it was uploaded to Facebook.

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The video showed several girls fighting while a large group of onlookers watched and shouted encouragement.

Police charged two men, a woman and a girl with disorderly behaviour after they were called out to another fracas at the same location on January 22.

Police were then called out to another incident on January 23.

A further three people were charged at the weekend after ongoing police investigations.

A 42-year-old Karloo man who was charged with disorderly behaviour on January 22 was additionally charged with criminal damage for allegedly damaging a car.

Six other people have been charged with disorderly conduct, including a 13-year-old Rangeway girl, a 16-year-old Utakarra girl, a 17-year-old Rangeway girl, a 20-year-old Spalding woman, a 23-year-old Northampton woman, and a 31-year-old Rangeway woman.

All will face Geraldton Children’s Court or Geraldton Magistrate’s Court.

Police investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Geraldton police on 9923 4555 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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