THE victims of an assault at Mandurah Crab Fest have hit back against the claims that security and police responded to the incident quickly.
Ashlee and her fiancé Jamie were bashed by a gang of people at the Crab Fest on Saturday night.
Today, Mandurah Mayor Marina Vergone said despite recent media reports, security officers and police officers were quick to respond to the incident and gain control of the situation.
Ashlee said it’s a lie.
“The assault went on for six minutes before anyone arrived,” she said.
“It’s really hurtful because what the Mayor said definitely wasn’t the case at all.
“She wasn’t even there.”
It was 7pm on Saturday night when Ashlee and Jamie, who moved to Mandurah four years ago from New Zealand, were targeted by a woman.
Ashlee works in town and thinks she was targeted because she was familiar to her attacker.
“I saw a woman who comes into my work to shoplift and she saw me, and locked on to me,” Ashlee said.
“She came past death staring me and stopped to say some real nasty stuff.
“My partner stood up and said leave us alone.
“She said I’m going to get my brother.”
The woman came back with three other women and five men.
Ashlee was punched, kicked, had her hair pulled and lost a nail.
Her partner was also seriously assaulted.
“It went on for five or six minutes with bystanders watching us,” she said.
“I was feeling helpless, no one was really bothered.”
The group finished their assault when police came.
“They shoplift all over and we (retailers) all get targeted,” she said.
“I’ve got names now, so hopefully justice will be served.
“I don’t know why we were being targeted; we are just trying to do our job.”
Mayor Vergone said there was a high level of police and security presence and visibility among the crowds over Crab Fest weekend.
“Our security and local police were very responsive to the incident, meaning bystanders did not have to get involved,” she said.
“We thank them for making the safety of other patrons and families their top priority.”
“It’s disappointing that the bad behaviour of a small group of people has reflected poorly on what was a fantastic event for our community and visitors.”
Mandurah officer in charge Stephen Thompson also considered Crab Fest a success.
“A disturbance was reported to police, who were dispatched and dealt with it,” he said.
Snr Sgt Thompson thought Crab Fest was a success and said most people were well behaved.
“More than 100,000 people attended,” he said.
“We are aware of the incident. We will follow it up with an investigation.
“It was a family event with a sufficient amount of police.”