Brawl suspects surrender

A video circulated on social media showed a young man punching another in the head, before others rushed over to the pair.

Scarborough police were notified about 100 people were involved in a fight and as officers descended on the crowded beach, the crowd dispersed. A police helicopter also patrolled the area.

The incident came one day after police announced a Safe Beaches strategy that increased targeted patrols at Perth beaches in January to curb anti-social behaviour.

Scarborough officer-in-charge Glenn Dowding said two juveniles handed themselves in to Ellenbrook police and were “known to each other”. Senior Sergeant Dowding said on Monday they were tracking down the victim, who was interviewed at the scene but did not make a complaint.

He said investigations were continuing and no charges had been laid.

Police Minister Liza Harvey condemned the incident and said she warned “thugs” of the large CCTV network and police and security patrols in the area.

“The behaviour of these individuals is just disgusting, not only for actually getting involved in a brawl in a public place but for forcing all the other beachgoers, including hundreds of children on school holidays, to witness such an appalling act,” the Scarborough MLA said.

City of Stirling acting community development director Michael Quirk said the anti-social behaviour was unacceptable but Scarborough still remained one of Perth’s safest beaches.

“It was an unfortunate incident between a group of teenagers who we understand know one another, and notably we understand that alcohol was not a factor in the dispute,” Mr Quirk said.

He said the City’s beach services and security services worked with WA Police to manage the area.

Sgt Dowding said that despite the violent incident last Thursday, the Safe Beaches strategy ran over the weekend with very little anti-social behaviour.