Police and emergency services were kept busy in Grafton when fights broke out on Saturday night.
Police and emergency services were kept busy in Grafton when fights broke out on Saturday night. Lynne Mowbray

Brawl mars Jacaranda festival

A BRAWL involving 100 youths erupted shortly after the crowning of this year's Jacaranda Queen in Grafton on Saturday.

The majority of the 1000-strong crowd had left when tensions rose and the fighting begun shortly after Jacaranda Queen Natasha Lentfer, 18, made her acceptance speech.

Police officers patrolling the area were able to break up the brawl and have charged five youths aged 16 and 17 with offences including offensive behaviour and malicious damage.

Grafton Mayor Richie Williamson who had just finished his ceremonial duties when the brawl broke out was disgusted by what he saw.

"If you didn't know where your child was on Saturday night, I suggest you start asking some serious questions at home, as the display witnessed by the wider community was simply disgraceful," he said.

"The first phone call I will be making Monday morning will be to Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan to ensure we have enough police numbers in place for the remainder of the festival."

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 



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