- He said police cannot solve the problem alone as it is caused by social conditions
- Amid outrage about African gangs, he said offending not limited to one ethnicity
- Mr Ashton visited notorious Ecoville estate in Tarneit and said he was ‘saddened’
Victoria Police are facing criticism over their handling of a spate of violent incidents linked to African gangs such as Apex and Menace to Society.
The first attack was by Dimitrious Gargasoulas, a recent convert to islam who killed six people including a baby.
Secondly was the attack by Afghani refugee Saeed Noori who was given Australian citizenship ran over 18 people, killing one man.
Neither of these men are to face a single terrorism charge with Andrews Labor Government citing mental illness.
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Victoria Police are facing criticism over their handling of a spate of violent incidents linked to African gangs such as Apex and Menace to Society
Earlier this month, Ecoville Community Park (pictured) in Tarneit was trashed by African gangs
‘If you’re looking for police to put it to bed, you’re looking in the wrong direction,’ Mr Ashton said after being grilled over the gang problem on 3AW.
‘We’re doing plenty about it but you’re talking about bigger social issues than police solve.’
Mr Ashton also denied the gang crisis is an African problem, saying youth crime is not limited to one ethnic group.
‘It’s almost a United Nations of offending,’ he said.
Its the UN who inflicted most of these unassimilable savages on us, that much is true.
‘We’ve certainly had a lot of young Africans, Australian kids offending as well, Islander kids, a lot of indigenous kids we’re getting as well.’
Mr Ashton said crime was decreasing and police were making more arrests than ever before, but media coverage made Melbourne look like the ‘Wild West’.
“Decreasing” is a lie. “More arrests than ever” is nowhere near good enough. The media should report this and must not be intimidated by useless police dolts who deny responsibility.
A policeman was kicked in the face as he crouched down trying to arrest a 16-year-old boy for shoplifting
The Chief Commissioner also confirmed he has visited the Ecoville estate in Tarneit, where a community centre was trashed by African gangs.
There has since been a large police presence in the area following the damage to the centre.
Wyndham Local Area Commander Inspector Mary Allison said police continued to patrol the park, make arrests, and issue infringements.
‘Property damage, drug activity and anti-social behaviour at the park have been our main concern. The community deserves to feel safe in their local park,’ she said.
‘Members will continue to patrol the area and anyone found conducting criminal activity will be held to account for their actions.’
Mr Ashton said he was ‘saddened’ by what he saw when he visited Tarneit, and said he noticed most residents had their blinds and curtains drawn.
In other news:
“African Men On The Run”
Taylor Hall, 18, was pulled from her convertible by a group of three men in a stolen Nissan X-Trail who were being pursued by police in southeast Melbourne.
The offenders rammed a police car after being intercepted in Seaford and fled the scene, leaving behind a 35-year-old woman.
Police called off the pursuit and the stolen car then collided head-on with another vehicle at 7.30pm on Monday.
The Victorian Labor government and the Labor appointed police Commisioner still refuse to acknowledge we have an African gang problem in the state.