VIDEO: Suburban street brawl captured on camera
SHOCKING video of a Toowoomba street fight has gone viral online with more than 410,000 views in just a few days.
Footage posted to Facebook showed two men initially trading blows until a third jumped in, swinging a stick before unleashing a flurry of fists.
The broad daylight melee spilled into a neighbouring yard.
All the while a crowd, including young children, watched on.
Some encouraged the fighters and others called for it to stop.
Despite the violence, the brawl has come as little surprise to those who live in the street.
Festival St resident Sarah Giddy and her husband Shaun moved with their five young children to their Rockville home in March this year.
She said she did not see the weekend's fight but had seen other disturbances.
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"It happens quite frequently and there are usually police here straight away," Mrs Giddy said.
She said her family moved to the housing commission home because they were homeless.
"But still, we shouldn't have to put up with that.
"They haven't done anything to us but there are other people who could get hurt."
A fellow neighbour, who did not want to be named, said he saw the fight from his front yard on Saturday.
He said in general, the area had quietened down over the past few years but disturbances were starting to become more frequent.
"It is mainly the young fellows."
Wilsonton Heights Community Centre coordinator James McKay said fights were common in the suburb.
"A lot of people who are not from this area would be shocked by it," Mr McKay said.
He said giving young men healthy outlets, such as boxing classes, was a good way for them to physically express their anger.
"My perspective is come down (to the Police Citizen's Youth Club) and do it in the ring."
Toowoomba City Patrol Group officer Acting Inspector Steve Perkins said police were investigating the footage.
"Police condemn the actions of people who engage in any violent behaviour and members of the public shouldn't be exposed to people behaving in this manner," Act. Insp. Perkins said.
"Offending persons should be aware that consensual fights are unlawful and this conduct can still attract a substantial penalty in court."
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