THE social unrest experienced during the Cronulla riots could be replicated in Melbourne suburbs due to high levels of crime among Sudanese and Somali born residents, police have warned.
Sudanese and Somali born Victorians are about five times more likely to commit crimes, official figures show, with assault and robbery the most common offences, illustrating a trend of increasingly violent robberies by disaffected African youths.
”We’ve got to fix this now and make sure it doesn’t continue, so the kids who are now 10 years old aren’t in this offender bracket in five years’ time. So we don’t get the Cronullas happening,” the Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner, Tim Cartwright, said. ”[At Cronulla] you had a big chunk of the community disengaged and coming to a point where you have large-scale civil unrest. That’s abhorrent to us, to think we would have that.
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