Three teenagers arrested after 16-year-old allegedly bashed by gang at Surfers Paradise

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Three teenagers have been charged after a 16-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after she was allegedly assaulted by a group of youths on a busy tourist strip.

Videos of the alleged attack, which occurred on Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise on Saturday night, have been uploaded on social media.

In the footage the 16-year-old can be seen being kicked and punched by a group of young people.

On Wednesday morning, Queensland Police announced two girls from Southport, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old have both been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm while intoxicated and affray in a public place while intoxicated.

A 16-year-old boy from Coomera has also been charged with one count of assault occasioning bodily harm and affray.

They are all expected to appear at Southport Children’s Court on April 17.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the arrests on Tuesday, Gold Coast Detective Inspector Paul Fletcher said the girls involved in the alleged melee are believed to be between 12 to 16.

“To have this level of attack, which appears unprovoked at this stage, is out of the ordinary,” he said.

“It was quite confronting and quite disturbing to see the ferocity of it.”

He said police from the force’s digital intelligence team were now “scouring” social media to find further evidence and would be attempting to have the footage removed from the platforms.

Navigating youth crime has emerged as a key issue ahead of the state’s October state election, with premier Steven Miles facing criticism over his government’s handling of the situation.

The issue came to the fore in February after five teenage boys were arrested following the death of 70-year-old grandma Vyleen White who was and stabbed in the chest while shopping at Town Square in Redbank Plains.

A 16-year-old Bellbird Park boy was charged with murder.

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