Party chaos - Call for police station in Huntly 

HUNTLY residents are calling for a police station in their suburb to deal with incidents in the area.

Police were called to Huntly after an out-of-control party on Saturday night.

A Huntly woman said she was “shocked and terrified” and her daughter traumatised after a gang of youths were in her front garden about midnight.

She called the police after she estimated about 20 drunk people were wandering Huntly’s streets.

“They threw manure everywhere in a neighbour’s yard and there was a fight in front of my house,” she said.

“I have two young girls traumatised here. They couldn’t sleep. We were just so terrified and in shock when it all happened.”

Another Huntly resident said nights like Saturday had been going on for a long time in the area.

“It gets out of control. It’s been going on long time.”

He said Huntly residents were frustrated with the lack of police presence in the area.  

Police refer them to the Goornong station because Huntly falls under its jurisdiction.

The resident said Goornong was too far away and did not have the resources to deal with complaints in Huntly.

“They (Bendigo police) don’t even have enough resources,” he said. “They’re doing their job but they can’t respond and it takes 20 minutes at least for them to get out here.

“What we really need is a police station out here.

“You call Goornong but it’s just one guy as well.”

Sergeant Ilan Livingstone confirmed three units were called out to Huntly on Saturday night. “We did get quite a few phone calls,” he said.

Sergeant Livingstone said drag races around the saleyards were a concern, but that he was not aware of Huntly being a particularly troublesome area.

“There may be a bit of noise and carry-on with parties but we don’t necessarily get called out to it that often.”

Goornong police were unavailable for comment.


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