Police update: Wadeye Unrest

Northern Territory Police continue to respond to intermittent unrest in the remote community of Wadeye.

Since 1May, police have responded to a number of community disturbances resulting in a total of 13 arrests, 6 Notices to Appear being issued and 3 youths being diverted.

Superintendent Kirk Pennuto said, “The situation in Wadeye is complex and police work tirelessly to support the community in remaining calm.

“We currently have 17 arrest targets who are under investigation for riotous behaviour and we have seen intermittent use of weapons in these disturbances.

“Makeshift weapons along with crossbows have reportedly been used with a small number of individuals requiring treatment at the clinic for non-life-threatening injuries over the past two months.

“These disturbances will only be solved if family groups, elders, Traditional Owners and government agencies come together in order to discuss and implement solutions to the current feuds plaguing the community. Police have a role to play, but there are many factors that are outside our ability to influence.

“The safety of the community will always be our first priority.”

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