Community urged to take control 

FOWLER MP Chris Hayes is encouraging the community to take a stand against alcohol-fuelled offences as incidents continue across Sydney's south west .

Mr Hayes speaks from personal experience about the problem of alcohol-related offences after his son was attacked on two occasions on the streets.

"It's not the sort of news a parent wants to hear; it's 2.30am and we are told that our son is in hospital after being assaulted outside a car park at a club," he said.

"On another occasion my son was at a prominent fast food chain when he was assaulted."

After a recent incident at Liverpool in which a 29-year-old man was charged with assault after he allegedly punched a 24-year-old man, Mr Hayes said it was time for the community to take action.

"This is a community issue not a police issue," he said.

"It's time that the community made their voices clear that there is no room for such violence.

"If this can happen to me and my family then it can happen to anyone.

"This is not something we can read about and say how sorry we are, it can happen to any family and anyone's children."

Mr Hayes said doing nothing was not an option and said he would support a parliamentary inquiry into alcohol-fuelled offences.

"I would encourage the government to take a look into this and listen to the community," he said.

"I know people are sick and tired of their community members being treated like punching bags.

"I think it's right to call it a coward's punch because that's exactly what it is."

Liverpool crime manager Detective Inspector Dean Johnstone said violence on the streets was not increasing but it was a concern for police officers.

"Police regularly have to deal with violent offences where alcohol is a factor," he said.

"We will take action against those who commit offences."

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