Alice Springs youths attack a teen boy with an axe as violence in the troubled Northern Territory town escalates

Alice Springs youths attack a teen boy with an axe as violence in the troubled Northern Territory town escalates

The mother of a 15-year-old boy claims he was ambushed by a group of axe-wielding youths in Alice Springs, as community members and leaders call on the Albanian government to take further action against the controversial town’s crime spree.

Namfon Fon claimed her son was walking in the suburb of Braitling at around 5.45pm on Monday when he was assaulted by “three native children”.

“They have an ax and hit my son several times in his face, stomach, leg and other parts of his body,” Ms Fon wrote in a Facebook post.

“Luckily the ax didn’t hit him and cut him.

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“Thank you to those out there with kindness, who stopped and helped my son.

“It’s very sad to end up in ED after being attacked by your own community.”

NT Police confirmed that officers attended the oval in Head Street following reports of an altercation between two boys aged 15 and 16.

“The 16-year-old allegedly assaulted the 15-year-old with a sharp weapon,” it said.

“The 15-year-old was transferred to Alice Spring Hospital and has since been discharged.”

The 16-year-old boy has since been arrested and will be dealt with under the Juvenile Justice Act, the police said.

The horrific attack comes after shocking footage emerged on Facebook showing a group of youths attacking and taunting bar patrons in the CBD.

Rachel Hale filmed the terrifying encounters from her room at The Diplomat Hotel on Gregory Terrace on Saturday night.

Ms Hale told Sky News Australia’s Peta Credlin it was “one of the scariest nights of my life”.

“I was terrified … there were so many kids on the street and they were just filled with hate,” she said Tuesday.

“None of these kids were drunk, they were just filled with hate and it was like a sport for them to taunt anyone in the line of fire.

“It didn’t matter who you were, what color you were…it’s such a dangerous situation.”

Days earlier, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese traveled to the troubled suburb after the increased rate of youth crime made national headlines.

The Northern Territory government bowed to the pressure and re-imposed alcohol restrictions, including reinstating bans on the purchase of takeaway alcohol on Mondays and Tuesdays, as well as customer transaction limits.

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price welcomed the restrictions but pointed to a series of measures that could be implemented sooner to curb the increasing violence.

“I called on Labor to support my commitment in the run-up to the federal election, which was to spend $8.3 million on the construction of accommodation for staff and students from Yipirinya School who attend the children of we provide village camps, to give them a safe haven with an education focus,” she told Sky News Australia’s James Morrow on Tuesday.

“They are the vulnerable children who are on our streets at night.

“These are measures that can be put in place now, we need to restore our parental patrol in the community, which I did as part of the previous council and somehow lapsed – it needs to be brought back.

“There are community-led ways to deal with this issue and deal with it now.”

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