Geraldton Police call for witnesses after weekend pub assaults

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Geraldton police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a teenager was assaulted twice last Saturday night — leaving him with a suspected broken jaw.

The 18-year-old was flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service on Monday after he was taken to Geraldton Hospital by family members.

Investigating officer Det-Sen. Const. Tom Grieve said the Sunset Beach man was attacked by an unknown male outside the Freemasons Hotel about 9.50pm on Saturday.

“Security staff at the venue managed to break it up and both men went their separate ways,” he said.

Shortly after midnight, the victim was assaulted by two different men outside The Geraldton Hotel in a “serious attack” that Det-Sen. Const. Grieve said left him with facial injuries.

The two assaults are believed to be linked to the same “feud” and were captured on CCTV footage from the two venues.

“Both incidents were witnessed by many people and we are looking for those individuals to come forward and share with police what they saw,” he said. “It’s clear some people tried to break up the fight and assist the victim.” We need those people to come forward.”

“Police have a zero-tolerance policy towards alcohol fuelled violence and these incidents will be thoroughly investigated.”

Det Sen Const Grieve said police did not believe any further violence would follow, adding they would consider barring the men responsible from licenced venues.

“If they can’t behave themselves in Geraldton venues, we will have to explore our options to prevent these incidents occurring in the future.”

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