Crime Watch: Police patrolling Scarborough Beach over weekend

Police at Indian Ocean Hotel in Scarborough yesterday morning where a man was found unconscious with serious injuries.  Picture: Martin Kennealey
Police at Indian Ocean Hotel in Scarborough yesterday morning where a man was found unconscious with serious injuries. Picture: Martin Kennealey

SCARBOROUGH Police are patrolling the beachfront this weekend.

Officers were at Scarborough Beach last night and Senior Sergeant Craig Wanstall said they would be there from late afternoon and in the evening on Saturday and Sunday nights.

Police are still investigating the circumstances that led to a 37-year-old man being found bloodied and unconscious in the car park of Scarborough’s Indian Ocean Hotel on Friday morning.

Snr Sgt Wanstall said the man suffered serious injuries including seven broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and bleeding on the brain.

Scarborough Police are also investigating an incident on Sunday night, where a man was stabbed.

Snr Sgt Wanstall said the man befriended the group while drinking at The Lookout and left the venue with them at about midnight.

They are alleged to have assaulted the man and stolen his wallet in the skate park area.

He sustained stab wounds to his upper body and repeated kicks to his back and ribs.

The victim was able to reach a police vehicle parked about 50m away for help.

Despite the recent incidents, Snr Sgt Wanstall the police presence was in response to the forecast hot weather and believed the area was generally safe.

“We are conscious of incidents at Scarborough Beach but given the licensed premises, the age of the people there and the large volume of people we are relatively happy with what’s happened over summer,” he said.

“It’s a safe place to take your kids.

“If people see something, call and report it.”