HEJ255 News Unit: Piece Three

Four males have been charged with assault after a racial abuse incident in Moonah yesterday.

The youths allegedly verbally attacked an African women and her partner, and physically abused two passersby on Charles Street just after 10AM.

Police say the attack had “a racial overtone”.

“There was some racial overtone to it in terms of a particular word used by the people

involved,” said Detective Inspector Craig Joel. “But we want to send a message,

“But we want to send a message, particularly to the African community, that they have our support.”

The assailants, aged 14, 16, 18 and 22, were all known to police prior to the offence.

“These people were known to us so we were ably to act swiftly to resolve it,” he said.

Det. Insp. Joel stressed this was an isolated case.

“We want to reassure the community that this was a one-off,” he said. “It is not something that goes on in this particular area more than anywhere else.”

Police increased their patrols in the area for the remainder of the day.

The two younger perpetrators will be given a formal caution under the Youth Justice Act, and the men have been granted bail.

The men will be required to appear in court on 19 April.

Anyone with any information on this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

This is one of a series of five pieces written for assessment for HEJ255: News Contemporary Practice and Analysis. The piece was based on a mock press conference provided at the university.

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