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Attacks spark gang fears

CONCERNS an aggressive gang of youths is targeting random pedestrians near the Grafton CBD are increasing after yet another incident was reported to The Daily Examiner yesterday.

A Grafton man, who preferred not to be named, told the story of how he was harassed by first three, then two more Aboriginal teenagers near Farmer Lou’s on Thursday between 7 and 7.30pm.

Although he did not want the exact details of the altercation published through fear of retaliation, the man said his aggressors stepped up their intimidation when he refused to give them a cigarette.

He said he managed to escape an assault by running into the Grafton Mall complex.

When the man read about the fate of Joshua Jones and Tom Ebeling in yesterday’s Examiner, he realised just how close he had come to real danger.

Mr Jones and Mr Ebeling were bashed by eight Aboriginal youths in Prince Street, Grafton, on Friday night after refusing to give them a cigarette.

In a cowardly group attack, Mr Jones was left with facial injuries and a row of missing teeth.

He remains in Grafton Base Hospital after being hit by some kind of weapon and his head smashed into a shop window.

Mr Ebeling suffered minor injuries in the attack.

Friday’s assault follows another alleged bashing of an Aldi trolley collector in Prince Street, Grafton, last weekend by three men. A 20-year-old South Grafton man has been charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm over the incident.

Police are appealing for witnesses to Friday night’s attack, which occurred about 10.30pm outside Rockmans boutique in the main block of Prince Street, Grafton. The group of men were said to be shirtless and aged from late-teens to early-20s.



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