Community unrest at Wadeye 29 January

Northern Territory Police are continuing to respond to ongoing fighting in the remote community of Wadeye.

Around 6pm yesterday, local police responded to reports of up to 100 people fighting within the community, utilising various weapons including crossbows.

The crowd dispersed upon police attendance.

An adult man was located with a crossbow bolt in his leg and was conveyed to the local clinic for treatment while another man suffered a fractured leg that also required medical attention at the clinic.

NT Police are continuing to monitor the situation and investigations are underway to identify the offenders involved.

Acting Commander Virginia Read said “Once again, NT Police are responding to large scale fighting in Wadeye that has resulted in injuries.”

“The community needs to come together and work on solutions to these conflicts. The ongoing fighting is causing a great deal of stress for the people who call Wadeye home and is completely unnecessary”.

“Police are committed to maintaining community safety and we will continue to respond to these incidents as well as working with Elders, Traditional Owners and the community to facilitate calm.”

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