- Tarneit, about 25km west of Melbourne, has been under siege by African teens
- The local Ecoville Community Park has been trashed and become a no-go zone
- Families say they are scared of gangs of youths drinking and taking over streets
- Police have increased their presence with regular high-visibility patrols
- Parents are concerned the youths will return when the police presence drops
Fearful residents have described what it is like to live in a Melbourne suburb plagued by gangs of African youths blamed for destroying a community centre and running amok.
Tarneit, about 25 kilometres west of Melbourne, is named after the local indigenous Wathaurong word for white.
First used for agricultural grazing in the 1830s, large-scale subdivision began only in the 1990s.
Families such as the Bukas, who left the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa for a better life in Australia, have instead been besieged by youth gangs from their home continent’s north.
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