Scores hurt in vigilante attack

2014-06-10 00:00

SCORES of vagrants occupying city parks in Glenwood were seriously injured when gangs of men armed with traditional weapons swept across the suburb last night in the latest wave of vigilantism.

Police were deployed in numbers while at least 30 men and women were treated by paramedics.

The gangs are understood to have been targeting the area’s large homeless population, suspecting them as being the root cause of crime in the area.

Platoons of men moved from the hostel through the city centre to Albert Park, upwards to Botha Park and into Glenwood itself as the homeless fled.

Some of the injured sought refuge in roadside restaurants as they were pursued. Bulwer Community Action Forum spokeswoman Heather Rorick said she witnessed the chaos. “We were at a restaurant and these people were screaming as they ran inside. They were chased by men hitting them with sticks that had nails coming out of them …” she said.

The parks, occupied predominantly by homeless and those addicted to Whoonga, have been a festering sore for city fathers who have yet to solve the growing problem. Police spokesman Jay Naicker could not be reached for comment.

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