| 10.01,18. 02:27 AM |
‘Scared’ gang member corned by police Cops crack down on African youths terrorising neighbourhood
Residents captured footage of police cornering a young man they believed to have been one of a group that ditched a stolen car.
Residents furious at having their streets overrun by alleged street gangs have caught on camera the moment police corner one young man with a police dog.
The footage, shot late at night in Melbourne as police shut down three surrounding streets, captures a stunning exchange where a police officer tells a terrified alleged gang member to "shut up, d---head" as a police dog growls at his feet.
In the exchange, which aired exclusively on A Current Affair last night, the youth is heard screaming "I'm scared!"
"Shut the f--- up," the police officer can be heard to reply.
"Shut up, d---head. Shut up."
Then the police dog is heard growling at the cornered youth. The police officer then claims to identify the youth as being free on bail.
"I know you from, over in, you're on bail for robberies," the police officer is heard saying said.
Police had shut down the surrounding streets in the western suburb of Werribee as they hunted down a gang of African youths who allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle and fled on foot.
One west Melbourne resident, Eric Beaton, who is packing up and moving his family to the Gold Coast to escape the crime wave, said it showed how weak the alleged gang members are once they are caught alone.
"They're good to do the crime, but when they're getting arrested they say they're scared and they claim pity," Mr Beaten said.
After enduring a home invasion, ransacking, and car burglaries, Mr Beaton and his wife Danielle are living in constant fear, with Mrs Beaton allocating their toilet as a panic room and their 15-year-old daughter hiding knives around their home before bed.
"I tell them not to move from the toilet, no matter how much I scream or no matter what noises they hear, until I either get them out of the toilet or the police do," Mrs Beaton said.
Fed-up residents living near notorious gang flashpoint Ecoville Park gave A Current Affair explosive CCTV showing gangs carving out their street as new territory.
One clip shows a group of youths chasing down another African teenager before gang bashing him.
The footage, described as "disgusting" by Victoria Police Commander Russell Barratt, shows the gang stomping on the teen as one climbs a car and jumps on him.
"Incredibly disappointing. Incredibly scary," Commander Barratt said.
"I feel for the victim, and just the people who live in the area, who might have been subjected to witnessing such an event. It's an incredibly horrendous incident.
"What you've seen there is an example of something that happens on the street, and we're not saying it's organised, we're not saying there's sophistication. But what we're saying is its street gang behaviours."
The resident who provided the footage, who was too scared to be identified, said the gang began occupying the laneway at the back of the home about three weeks ago, dumping what are believed to be stolen vehicles.
In other footage captured on the CCTV, police are seen inspecting a luxury BMW and a other vehicles as tow truck driver takes them away.