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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 MB SILLY SEASON MADNESS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Saturday night terror FIONA BRADY The scene of the vicious brawl at Canada Bay on Saturday night. A BLOODSTAINED road is the only sign of Saturday night's viol- ent brawl in Canada Bay in which one man was stabbed and another severely beaten. Terrified residents have de- scribed how they hid in their homes as thugs -- some armed with baseball bats -- brawled on James St and Friend Ave. Police rushed to the scene after receiving numerous 000 calls at 10.40pm. When they arrived they found a resident helping a North Strathfield man who had suffered a broken leg and facial fractures in the attack. Witnesses told police that an- other man, who had possibly been stabbed during the fight, was forced into a white car and driven from the scene by a number of men described as being of Middle Eastern/European appearance. A short time later, police say an injured man was dropped off at Concord Hospital by unknown men. He was suffering multiple stab wounds to his head, back, arms and legs. The man underwent emergency surgery on Sunday and his con- dition isn't thought to be life- threatening. When the Inner-West Weekly visited the scene on Monday, residents were still shocked by Saturday night's events. Everyone were too terrified to be identified but said they be- lieved none of those involved in the brawl was from the area. ''I just want to know why they came here to do it,'' one woman said. Others say they had turned out their lights and called triple 000 after hearing the commotion. ''It is really frightening when you have a gang like that come around,'' a woman said. Burwood crime manager Insp David Glennon is appealing for information about the incident. Call Burwood police on 9745 8499. Police at Strathfield station. Bomb scare halts trains A CLEANER'S discovery of a suspicious package in a bin sparked a bomb scare at Strathfield station last Thursday. The alert happened shortly after noon. The package, which was later found to be harmless, had orig- inally been found on a platform by a station staff member who put it in the bin. The alarm was not raised until the package was found by a cleaner who was sorting the rub- bish in an adjacent car park. As a precaution, police from the bomb and rescue squad closed off the closest platform to the car park and cordoned off part of Strathfield Square. The alert was over at 1.45pm and the platform was re-opened. Strathfield Mayor Keith Kwon praised emergency services for their prompt response. ''I think everyone in Strathfield breathed a collective sigh of relief when police confirmed that the suspicious package was harm- less,'' he said. ''But what the incident should demonstrate is that the emergency services were able to get on top of these situ- ations very quickly.'' Teens injured crashing stolen car into bay SHIREEN KHALIL A TEENAGE boy was travelling in the boot of a stolen blue Toyota sedan before the driver lost con- trol and landed in Five Dock Bay. About 2.10am last Sunday, the stolen car packed with seven people was being driven east on Byrne Ave, Russell Lea, when it went over a rock ledge, dropping 5m into the river. The passengers were aged 17 or under and were affected by alcohol. The teenager in the boot was taken to RPA Hospital with cuts to the head, but has been released with no severe injuries. The driver had fled before police arrived. Traffic Services commander Chief Supt John Hartley said young and inexperienced drivers didn't seem to understand the potential implications of their ac- tions. ''Six passengers in a vehicle which is not equipped for that number is foolhardy, and for one of the passengers to have been in the boot is sheer stupidity.'' Chief Supt Hartley said the teenagers were lucky no one was killed or seriously injured. ''Regardless of age, motorists need to realise that police are constantly patrolling our roads and any breach of the rules will result in action being taken,'' Chief Supt Hartley said. Investigations are continuing. SALE TIME at tigress exotic living MIX 'N' MATCH TABLE & CHAIRS! 8 SEATER HARDWOOD DINING FROM ONLY $1999 SAVE $1500 RRP $3499 OPEN 7 DAYS NOW AT 3 GREAT LOCATIONS! SUPA CENTA BELROSE Ph: 9450 1215 Corner Mona Vale Rd & Forest Way SUPA CENTA CASTLE HILL Ph: 9450 1215 Corner Windsor Road & Showground Road DRUMMOYNE Ph: 9450 1215 103 Victoria Road Parking via Formosa St Only while stocks last. Conditions apply. 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