Gosnells Police on trail of youth gang responsible for terrorising local storeowners

The Spice of India store where the assault occurred.
The Spice of India store where the assault occurred.

SHOP-OWNERS in the Gosnells town centre have called for action after a gang of youths attacked a local storeowner.

The Spice of India grocery store owner was attacked on Anzac Day after a confrontation with a group of youths.

Jack’s Tools owner Rene Ahnstrom said the attack was the latest in a string of incidents caused by the gang.

“They’ve gone to Liquorland and Chemist Warehouse and smashed stuff off shelves, they’ve run into Rivers stolen stuff and then left it outside the store,” he said.

“It’s been on and off for the last two years, something needs to be done.”

Mr Ahnstrom said he had seen the owner of the grocery store after the attack and he was still shaken by the incident.

Gosnells Barber Shop owner Becky Byham said the gang had been targeting the Spice of India store for some time.

“They’ve been going in stealing ice creams from him before they actually assaulted him,” she said.

Gosnells Police officer-in-charge Jodie Pearson said they were investigating the matter, as well as other matters reported regarding youth activity.

“We have a good line of inquiry for this assault complaint, we have CCTV and a witness,” she said.

“There has been some recent activity with youths in the Gosnells and Beckenham area stealing property from shops.

“There has been an arrest made in relation to the Beckenham series, and we are working to identify the youths in the Gosnells series.”

Sgt Pearson said they were working with local businesses to ensure they could cut down on the number of incidents.

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