Queensland

Almost 50 charged over Aurukun street fights

Almost 50 people are facing criminal charges after several street fights broke out in a far north Queensland community.

Extra police were sent to Aurukun on western Cape York amid rising tensions between families and clan groups in the town of 1200.

People threw pieces of wood and steel during several street fights on Monday, damaging businesses, homes and a patrol car, police say.

A shop was burgled and two cars stolen. However, no one was injured.

Nine people faced Cairns Magistrates Court via videolink on Wednesday and a further 40 are due to face court in the coming days, ABC radio reports.

Police say tensions have since eased in the community.

AAP

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