BENDIGO POLICE are monitoring YouTube videos showing violent brawls between teenagers across the city.
Videos of a teenager who was stabbed in a fight near the new taxi rank last Friday surfaced on Facebook and YouTube but were quickly taken down.
Other videos remaining on YouTube show young people involved in fights in Rosalind Park and surrounding areas.
In one video, posted in January 2013, a group of teenagers crowd around and chant as two young boys punch each other near the park’s rotunda.
The video, believed to have been filmed two years ago, ends with police using capsicum spray to break up the fight.
Bendigo resident Donald Flower said the video highlighted the kind of violence he saw on a regular basis.
“It’s not unusual to see this sort of thing in the park,” he said. “Anyone involved should be charged... I’m sick of going into town to see younger people threatening one another or worse. I would love to take my wife into town more often but honestly why would you bother.”
Another video posted by the same YouTube user shows two young women in Bendigo in a fight, before one pushes the other person’s head into a gutter.
Bendigo police yesterday said people making and uploading videos of fights was unfortunately common. They said it was an ongoing concern for not only Bendigo, but the entire country.
An investigation is continuing into the assault and stabbing last Friday that left two teenagers in hospital.
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