One juvenile, two adults charged after melee outside showground

Three people have been charged and will appear before Dubbo Local Court after a melee outside the Dubbo Show on Saturday night.
Three people have been charged and will appear before Dubbo Local Court after a melee outside the Dubbo Show on Saturday night.

Two adults and a juvenile have been charged following a brawl near one of the entrances to the Dubbo Showground on Saturday night.

Police were called to the Hopetoun Street gate of the showground at about 9.30pm after they received reports of an alleged fight involving 15 to 20 juveniles.

At the time a large crowd of show goers were coming and going and being exposed to the behaviour, which police allege also included foul language.

Upon police arrival the group was initially broken up, with a number of the people involved given a direction to move away from the area.

One of the group members is alleged to have then returned and commenced to entice another young person into a fight with the use of offensive language and threats.

Police then arrested the juvenile who then allegedly became abusive to police and had to be restrained by two officers.

Several others in the crowd that formed then turned on the arresting police by approaching them and trying to interject, using offensive language before backup arrived and the situation was brought under control. 

Two female adults were also arrested after they hindered the police efforts to restore calm by continuing to approach police and using offensive language towards them. They were charged with hinder police and use offensive language. The juvenile arrested will be processed under the Young Offender's Act. 

“Despite all involved in this melee being given numerous warning from police to desist in their behaviour they continued with their offensive conduct,” an Orana Mid-Western Police District spokesperson said.

“Many families with young children, just wanting to enjoy the atmosphere of the show, had to contend with a group of individuals who couldn't care less about the anguish and upset caused by their behaviour.

“People that think they can get away with using aggressive tactics and offensive language in public, think again. Police will show zero tolerance to these people. They will be arrested and held responsible".