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Police, mayor play down organised "fight club" claims

Mayor Paul Pisasale: It's a one-off. It's an issue not just for Ipswich.
Mayor Paul Pisasale: It's a one-off. It's an issue not just for Ipswich. File

REPORTS of an organised "fight club" in Booval have been played down by Ipswich police and the mayor.

On Tuesday night Channel 9 broadcast footage of groups of women fighting behind the Booval train station on Saturday.

One resident of the area was quoted saying the fights were organised and were taking place regularly.

However, according to Ipswich police inspector Keith McDonald, the fight at the weekend was the first such fight police had received calls about from the public this year.

"Since the start of the year we've only got one recorded incident of that occurring there, which is the incident that was reported on the news last night," he said.

"We became aware of (the incident) because a number of concerned persons contacted us in relation to it. We attended but these people had disappeared.

"We have identified some of the people who are involved and our further inquiries and investigations are continuing into locating those persons and interviewing them and discussing the circumstances around the fighting."

Insp McDonald said no assault claims had been made from the fights and the cause of them was yet to be determined.

He said police were concerned these prearranged fights were happening despite ongoing media campaigns about the potential damage fights could do.

Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale said the problem of street fights was not isolated to Ipswich and had to be "nipped in the bud".

"It's a one-off. It's an issue not just for Ipswich," he said.

Topics:  channel 9


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