Police break up crowd of ‘about 400’ Panthers fans in Sydney’s west

One man has been charged with driving offences after police say a crowd of “about 400” residents took to the streets in Sydney’s west.

Officers were called to Dharruk, about 9pm on Sunday following reports a “large group of people had gathered in the street”.

People gather on the street in Dharruk, in Sydney’s west, on Sunday night.

People gather on the street in Dharruk, in Sydney’s west, on Sunday night.Credit:Nine News

“Police arrived a short time later and found about 400 people at the location and heavy traffic in the area,” NSW Police said in a statement on Monday morning.

The Panthers beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs 14-12, sealing their victory shortly before 9.30pm.

Vision broadcast by Nine News shows a number of vehicles circling the roundabout, as hundreds of people celebrate kerbside, including with balloons in the Panthers’ black, red, yellow and green colours.

Public Order and Riot Squad police, Traffic and Highway Patrol and the dog unit joined responding officers from across Sydney’s west for the operation to disperse the crowd.

NSW Police estimated about 400 people were on streets in the area.

NSW Police estimated about 400 people were on streets in the area. Credit:Nine News

Police say a blue Ford Falcon did a burnout on nearby Schiller Place, Emerton.

When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver allegedly “accelerated in the crowded street, causing a number of officers to take evasion action to avoid being struck”. No officers were injured.


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