Teens barred from Liberty Mall after violent brawl

2012-10-04 00:00

SIXTEEN teenagers have been barred for a year from Liberty Midlands Mall after a fight between two groups of youngsters broke out there on Tuesday night.

A security guard trying to break up the melee was assaulted with a belt and police had to be called to subdue the unruly crowd that had gathered.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said officers are investigating an assault case.

“The security guard at the mall was on duty when he noticed a group of approximately 16 teenagers fighting in the food court of the mall. He then approached them and brought the fight to a stop and escorted the children out of the mall. Upon approaching the gates, one of the children assaulted the [security guard] with a belt, bruising him on his left arm,” said Zwane.

He added that no arrests were made and that they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Liberty Midlands Mall centre manager Umi Khan said some of the teenagers were responsible for causing disturbances in various areas within the centre.

“The Liberty Midlands Mall security team attempted to bring these incidents under control and escort those involved from the premises. However, due to the number of people involved, police were called to the centre to assist,” said Khan.

She said the police helped move the teens involved to the security control room. They were later released into the custody of their parents. “All 16 teenagers involved have been banned from the centre for a period of one year,” said Khan.

The guard who was assaulted declined to comment on the incident.

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