The new menace: police on African youth ambush alert
(headline, The Herald Sun, Dec 20)



State of disorder: Trauma of crime lingers in wake of African gang rampage
(headline, The Australian, Dec 30)


State of disorder: African gang’s reign of fear
(headline, The Australian, Jan 6)


Street attack turns dream new life to fear
Elena Morgan, 25, was attacked by three women of African appearance at a city bus stop in Melbourne yesterday
(headline and photo caption, The Australian, Jan 24)*


Finally, today…    Residents’ safety fears rising as crime wave engulfs city
(headline, Australian, Jan 25)


A few key numbers …

Serious assaults by Sudanese-born youth offenders (Victoria, 2016-2017): 54.

All serious assaults (Victoria 2016-2017): 1860.

Victoria has experienced its biggest drop in its overall crime rate in 12 years … The overall crime rate in the state dropped by 6.2% in the 12 months to September 30.

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