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South Sudanese patrols reach out to youth in Melbourne

Members of the South Sudanese Community in Wyndham Patrolling Team

A concerned group of South Sudanese adults is patrolling Melbourne's western suburbs. The elders are reaching out to young people blamed for disruption and violence at local fast food outlets and shopping centres. Sacha Payne reports.  

The team is a highly visible presence on the streets in areas young people congregate, until late in the night, seven days a week.

 

And the initiative has the support of local councillors and police.

 

Local officer, Senior Sergeant Peter Bitton, says young South Sudanese people are often unfairly targeted as being involved in crime, when they are actually just socialising.

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