Tonight, NSW police have more than quadrupled the number of officers patrolling Sydney. Deputy Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said patrol numbers would be boosted from 100 to 450 to discourage further violence before new laws come into force at the end of the week.
Violence flared for a second night last night as fast moving convoys of vehicles targeted areas of Sutherland Shire, Maroubra and Brighton-le-Sands. Eight people, including three police officers, were injured as the [Muslim] mob wielded baseball bats, golf clubs, steel poles, machetes and axe handles, in what NSW Police Minister Carl Scully labelled "guerilla-type tactics". Shop, house and car windows were smashed as the gangs tore through seaside areas attacking anyone in their path.
A couple suffered facial and head injuries when they were attacked at a restaurant in Caringbah, while a man sustained fractured ribs and head injuries while taking out garbage bins at his Cronulla home.....
At around 10pm (AEDT) potential flashpoints in Sydney were quiet, with the heavy police presence appearing to deter troublemakers. At Cronulla, the scene of the worst violence last night, a police road block was set up about one kilometre from the beach, checking all cars heading into the beachside suburb. Standing nearby were a small number of bystanders, one covering himself with an Australian flag.
Brighton-le-Sands, also the scene of trouble last night, was quiet.
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