A BASEBALL bat-wielding gang who lead a terrifying charge through Scarborough’s streets have been arrested.
Four men have been arrested after the gang, who police say were in possession of a wide range of weapons, hounded a man along Prospect Road at around 11am on Saturday.
In the ensuing melee, a small girl was injured after being knocked to the ground.
She was taken to hospital for treatment.
Police said she was “traumatized” by the events.
However, it was only the quick thinking of two off duty plain clothed officers who prevented the bedlam from escalating.
After spotting the mob, they gave chase on foot, sending the gang scattering.
After tending to the injured girl, the two female officers called for backup, while at the same time keeping pace with the fleeing posse.
Three of the group attempted to escape in a vehicle. However, the off duty officers stopped them in their tracks. The suspects then informed officers of a range of weapons they were in their possession.
Backup was called, with officers arriving to apprehend a fourth suspect.
He allegedly tangled with an officer as he attempted to escape. He was arrested and charged with affray and resisting arrest.
The other three suspects who attempted to leave in the car were arrested for affray and carrying offensive weapons.
The wild scenes were just the tip of the iceberg, in what the police called a “potty” 24 hours in Scarborough.
In what police have referred to as a “vicious” attack, an eight person brawl broke out in the very early hours, putting a male in hospital with “severe” injuries, after he had his head repeatedly stamped on by a late-night reveller.
The wild scenes, which took place outside of the Atlas Taxis rank in St Thomas Street at around 5.30am, have resulted in two men being arrested so far.
Officers are now carefully examining CCTV footage of the incident, and they have not ruled out further arrests.
A spokesperson said that it “had been a busy day for the police”, adding that, by 5pm on Saturday, “the cells were already full.”