Police seek several men after police cars damaged at ‘large hooning event’ involving YouTube star Spanian

Police seek several men after police cars damaged at ‘large hooning event’ involving YouTube star Spanian
Police seek several men after police cars damaged at ‘large hooning event’ involving YouTube star Spanian

Queensland Police are trying to identify several men after three police cars were damaged at what they called a “large hooning event” on Saturday, south of Brisbane.

Officers were called to Bourke Street in Waterford West, Logan, at about 2pm, after a crowd of around 350 people began to gather on the road, police said in a statement. 

“Multiple crews attended the location and declared an out-of-control event and blocked off the street,” the statement said.

Some people present committed alleged traffic offences and were “driving in a dangerous manner”, the statement added.

People are seeking several men who attended the Waterford West event on March 9.

The event was attended by Sydney-based rapper Spanian, who posted a video on his official Instagram page showing him surrounded by a large crowd with the message: “I’m Turning Hoods into Rock Concerts Lad!!! LOGAN CITY GOING OFFFF!!!”

A clip posted to Spanian’s Instagram account on Saturday showed him pointing to a Seven News report that aired video of several other people kicking a police car.

“We’re still shooting the video, we’re halfway through the Logan video … and we’re on the news,” he said on the video.

Three police cars were damaged during the “hooning event”, police said, including one that had its windscreen smashed.

Police distributed a video on Sunday showing the faces of several men they want to speak to about the incident.

The video includes images of a heavily tattooed man in slides kicking a police car.   

On Sunday, Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan said he “publicly condemned” people who attended the event “for the wrong reasons”.

Mr Ryan said the state’s laws had recently been strengthened to cover spectators at large events, calling them the “strongest, most wide laws in the entire nation”.

“I’m not sure all of those people who attended that event yesterday would be appreciative of the reach of the law now,” he said.

“I think a few of these people probably think that they’re little tiny cockroaches who like to hide in the dark. Well, the message for you is that the spotlight of the Queensland Police Service will be shining your way very soon and you can expect significant consequences.”

A 20-year-old Mt Gravatt man has been charged with two counts of wilful damage to property. Police will allege he ripped an aerial off a police vehicle.

Mr Ryan said he expected more arrests to follow.

Spanian, who has 619,000 YouTube followers and nearly 550,000 followers on Instagram, regularly posts videos to social media of his visits to locations that he claims are some of the world’s “most dangerous and notorious neighbourhoods”.

Source: abc.net.au

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