By Cam Lucadou-Wells
A Saturday night birthday party at a church hall has descended into street violence near the front doorstep of Dandenong police station.
The party of largely Islander youths clashed in several fights with a group of African young people at St James’s Anglican Church hall on Langhorne Street just after midnight on 14 April, police say.
About 50 police members, including Dog Squad and Airwing units, helped to quell the brawl, with a police divisional van damaged during the incident.
A person was arrested for assaulting police at the scene.
Two young people received lacerations as a result of two assaults. Police believe that there may be further unreported assaults.
Greater Dandenong CIU is investigating the robbery of a phone from a young male attending the party.
When dispersed, several of the groups’ members headed towards Dandenong railway station.
Any information, including CCTV and dash-cam footage, to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.vic.com.au, or to Greater Dandenong CIU on 9767 7487.