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Wild brawl at Coles in Orange on Saturday afternoon; teenagers treated by paramedics

February 18, 2023

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By Peter Holmes

A wild brawl erupted at a packed Coles supermarket in Orange Central Square Shopping Centre on Saturday afternoon.

One staff member was said to have been “king hit”, while people were seen scrambling over trolleys to enter the fray.

The swinging gates at the entry to Coles were reportedly smashed.

“There were a couple of young girls carrying on and yelling and screaming,” said one witness, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

“I walked to the self-checkout, and then it was on, they were yelling and screaming, people were punching each other. There were men and women involved.”

They said people were “jumping over the trolley in-between the checkouts”.

“They were inside punching each other, then back out the front of Coles, then they’re back in Coles again. One of them was running, knocking people over. Staff members were getting hit. I saw one big fella go down, but a fella picked him up and took him out the back.”

One onlooker estimated eight or nine people were involved, aged up to around their late-20s.

“A lot of pushing, punching, throwing stuff at each other,” said a witness. “I reckon people would’ve been walking out without paying for their groceries because pretty much all the staff were involved in what was going on. Trying to sort them out, get them out of Coles.”

A number of people were said to be filming the melee.

Coles said it would not comment as it was a police matter.

Police told The Orange News Examiner: “Officers from the Central West Police District have commenced an investigation following reports of a brawl at a supermarket at Orange.

“About 2pm on Saturday 18 February 2023, emergency services were called to the supermarket on Summer Street at Orange, following reports of a brawl involving up to four people.

“Two teenage girls aged 16 were treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics. It appears all parties involved were known to each other.

“As investigations continue, police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has information which might assist police is asked to call Orange Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

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