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Weapon-wielding youths yesterday descended on a Melbourne train station with baseball bats looking for another group of young men — who they accused of carrying out a shocking bashing and robbery.
And a furious father has lashed out at police officers — who he claims were helpless to save his teenage son and his mate being bashed and robbed by a group of up to 30 youths as they walked home from the cinema on Sunday night.
Anthony Ferrari took to Facebook to vent, saying his 14-year-old son Xavier had been set upon by the large group — who he describes as being of African appearance — at Wyndham Vale train station.
In the post, he wrote that his son was pushed to the ground and the group then stole his iPhone and necklace before bashing the teenager and his mate.
Mr Ferrari said two Protective Services Officers (PSOs) were nearby, but “just watched”.
He told 3AW he spoke to the PSOs who told him they were powerless to act.
He said: “I spoke to the PSO officers on the phone and I asked them why didn’t they do anything. The PSO officers turned around and said, ‘You have to understand there was only two of us and about 20 or so of them.’”
However, yesterday — at the same train station where Sunday’s incident allegedly took place — there was an ugly stand-off between groups of young people.
TheHerald Sun witnessed the incident first-hand, reporting that caucasian youths with baseball bats were looking for African-Australians who they blamed for the alleged robbery — and they cornered one young man who denied any involvement.
This article first appeared on www.news.com.au
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