Roebourne police close bottleshops in wake of alcohol-fuelled fighting

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Roebourne police have imposed local bottleshop closures after several days of fighting in the town.
Camera IconRoebourne police have imposed local bottleshop closures after several days of fighting in the town. Credit: Pilbara News

Bottleshops in Roebourne, Wickham and Point Samson have closed for today following several consecutive days of alcohol-fuelled violence in the area.

Roebourne police implemented the closures earlier today after officers had to break up a group of up to 50 intoxicated people fighting in local streets several times over the past few days.

The violence reportedly reached a peak about 11pm last night, when projectiles were thrown and a police officer received minor injuries after he was hit by a rock.

Roebourne police Sergeant Steve Taylor, who called the behaviour “really disappointing”, said the restrictions had been brought in to reduce the risk of harm to the local community.

At this stage, the bottleshop closures are only in effect for today and police will review the situation tomorrow morning.

Bottleshops in Karratha remain open.

One person involved in the fighting has been charged with disorderly conduct and police will be conducting further inquiries.

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