A GANG of Aboriginal youths threw rocks at hockey players and their supporters at the Orange Hockey complex at the weekend in repeat behaviour that is becoming commonplace in the area.
Inspector Bruce Grassick of Orange police confirmed police were called to the area yesterday after the group of around eight Aboriginal youths estimated to be around 16 years of age were reported to be harassing people at the complex.
He said by the time police arrived the youths had run off and as soon as police arrived they began patrolling the area.
“But we were given a description and patrolled the area, but at this stage we have not been able to locate them,” he said.
“But we are appealing to the public to provide any information to help locate the people responsible,” he said.
Orange City Council has acknowledged there is a problem with youth in the area causing mischief and have funded a number of diversionary programs to help with the problem.
Yesterday Inspector Grassick said police will liaise with Orange Hockey to determine if it is possible to task police officers to the area while games are in progress.
One youth was reportedly wearing a pink hoodie, another an indigenous black and orange-themed shirt, one a light blue hoodie and another youth wore yellow jeans with a black hoodie that had a distinctive green hood and sleeves.
If you saw the youths call Orange police on 6363 6399.