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WA’s transport minister insists security at Perth’s train stations is adequate, despite a shocking assault filmed in Northbridge.
A 22-year-old man was knocked unconscious as he and a friend were blocked from entering the Perth train station by a group of teenage thugs.
The duo were then bashed and robbed before the thugs fled.
The attack, which was filmed by witnesses and shown on 7 News, has been described as cowardly and traumatic.
A 22-year-old was hit from behind outside the Perth train station.Picture: 7 NewsRELATED: Perth man knocked unconscious by teen thugs
The 22-year-old’s friend told 7 News the duo will not return to Northbridge again and warned members of the public to do the same.
But Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said most of the public was satisfied with the level of security at Perth’s station.
“Of course we're always looking at improving security, but I think generally the level of satisfaction with security is pretty high,” she said.
Henry Summer general manager Paul Moloney said the assault does not reflect a usual night out in Northbridge.
“It is not something that happens here frequently and as far as I’m concerned, it’s definitely something that’s dying off,” he said.
According to 7 News, assaults in Northbridge had been on the decline, dropping from nearly 550 cases eight years ago to just over 350 two years ago.
But assault cases are on track to jump back up to more than 400 this year.
So far, no charges have been laid over the Northbridge assault.
This article first appeared on www.perthnow.com.au
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