Blacktown police walk streets to call for calm following assault of teenage girl

Community leaders and police will walk side-by-side through the Blacktown CBD tonight to allay community fears resulting from the recent sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl by six men in Doonside.

Blacktown police Commander Superintendent Gary Merryweather said he met with leaders of the African and Torres Strait Islander communities on Tuesday night.

He said it would also show unity between different communities and their  good relationship with the police.

Superintendent Merryweather said they would meet at Blacktown police station at 6pm before walking and talking with residents and young people at locations such as Blacktown station.

Superintendent Merryweather said Blacktown was home to migrants from some 37 countries.

He called on people not to instil racial hatred on a community just because the suspects are from a certain community.

‘‘It’s wrong to stereotype people just because they are African or Torres Strait Islander background,’’ he said.

He said his officers would intensify foot and mobile patrols of trouble spots.

Pastor Ramese Tupe from Doonside’s Mountain View Seventh-Day Adventist Church — which has a large Pacific islander congregation — said he planned to talk to the youth congregation on Friday night to urge them to be calm.

Pastor Chris Bonsu of Living Word Church in Prospect said he would do the same to ensure the incident would not lead to community violence.

Anyone with information can contact Blacktown police on 96719199.

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