14 March 2024

Two crowd safety workers arrested over allegedly assaulting patrons at Summernats 2024

| Albert McKnight
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Police are continuing to investigate an alleged brawl at Summernats 36 earlier this year. Photo: Screenshot.

Two men working as crowd safety staff have been arrested over the alleged assaults between workers and patrons at Summernats 36 earlier this year, some of which were filmed and shared on social media.

An alleged brawl took place during the festival at Exhibition Park on 6 January between attendees and staff who wore pink vests with the words ‘crowd safety’ on them.

Region has previously obtained some of the videos of the alleged altercations.

On Thursday (14 March), ACT Policing announced two men who had been working as crowd safety staff, a 30-year-old from Banks and a 33-year-old from Chifley, had been charged over the alleged assaults.

Police said a group of men had entered the Summernats’ ‘cruise route’ – a vehicle-only area – on foot at about 4:35 pm on 6 January before they were confronted by security and crowd safety staff.

It is alleged the 30-year-old and the 33-year-old then assaulted a number of patrons.

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Later that month, ACT Policing said a number of people had serious injuries after the alleged assaults, including swelling on the brain, severe concussion and permanent scarring to the face.

“Following a review of CCTV and mobile phone camera footage, police applied for and were granted search warrants in relation to persons of interest related to the assaults,” an ACT Policing spokesperson said on Thursday.

Officers raided homes in Chifley and Banks on 9 February where items relating to the alleged offending were seized.

The 30-year-old was arrested at the Banks residence, while the 33-year-old was arrested on 12 February after handing himself into Gungahlin Police Station.

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The 30-year-old will be charged with three counts of reckless threat to kill a person, two counts of joint commission of recklessly inflicting actual bodily harm and one count of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.

The 33-year-old has been charged with one count of recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Both are scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on 21 March.

“Investigations into the assaults at Summernats 2024 remain ongoing, and further arrests are anticipated,” the police spokesperson said.

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