Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Riots on the Cards

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Riots on the Cards

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Byline: Michelle Gately

TENSIONS between Woorabinda residents and police are so fraught, mayor Shane Wilkie believes things could have erupted into riots if it wasn't for a community meeting held on Tuesday.

Cr Wilkie said about 300 people gathered to raise concerns about the relationship between police and the community after an alleged incident involving the arrest of a pregnant woman on Saturday night.

He said the community anger stemmed from an incident on Saturday night which "got out of control" after a driver was pulled over.

"It just broke out from there," Cr Wilkie said.

Three people were charged following the incident.

However, it's understood the community was angered by the alleged treatment of one of the people arrested.

The pregnant woman said her arm was twisted behind her back as she was arrested.

The woman said as she was taken into custody, she told officers she would be making an official complaint and they allegedly responded with a racial slur. …

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