Australia Day attack was 'random' act: Gympie police

UPDATE: Tuesday 7am

MORE details have emerged following an alleged 'random attack' on a teenager in public in Gympie on Australia Day.

A Gympie police spokesman said the victim, a female in her late teens, did not know the alleged attacker who knocked her to the ground and assaulted her at a picnic area in Nelson Reserve last Thursday night.  

The victim,who was treated for minor injuries in hospital that evening, has described her attacker as a Caucasian female in her late teens with straight, brown shoulder-length hair and large in stature. She was possibly wearing a black top. 

The alleged attacker was with a group of four others - males and females - who were heard saying 'let's go' after the incident before leaving the area in a red Rav 4 with P plates.  

The victim, who was with friends at the time, was extremely shaken by the quick and unexpectant act of violence that left her bruised and scratched, Gympie police said. 

There are no CCTV cameras at the area of the park where the assault took place, so images of the alleged offender are not available. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Gympie police station on 5480 1111 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000. 

MONDAY:

GYMPIE Police are alleging a woman was assaulted in Nelson Reserve on Australia Day, and are appealing to the public for more information. 

Around 8.50pm on the night of January 26, the woman was sitting in the picnic area with a friend before a Red Rav 4 with red P plates pulled up near them. 

It's then alleged a group of people, both male and female, got out of the vehicle and approached the victim - knocking her to the ground and assaulting her. 

The offenders then got back in the vehicle and drove away in an unknown direction. 

Police are currently investigating the incident, but are asking for the public's assistance in the matter. 

They've asked anyone who may have witnessed the assault to contact Gympie Police or call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 .

Gympie Times


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