TWO young mothers involved in a poolside fight witnessed by a toddlers’ swimming class in Cobden on Saturday morning will receive $550 fines.
Sergeant Heather Morris, of Cobden police, said a complaint about how close someone parked to another vehicle resulted in a claim of minor damage and sparked a verbal argument which turned physical.
She said the incident happened at 10.15am at Cobden’s Rodney Grove Aquatic Centre in Victoria Street and involved a Cobden woman aged in her 20s and a Terang woman aged in her 30s. Sergeant Morris said the fight involved hair pulling and scratching.
“One person is alleged to have parked too close and there was a claim that damage was caused when a car door was opened,” she said.
“That led to a verbal and physical altercation in the middle of a child’s swimming class.
“There were about 10 toddlers aged between 18 months and four years and 10 adults.
“Police took statements from six witnesses.”
Both women suffered minor injures including the loss of hair, scratches and bruising.
Sergeant Morris said the women would be issued with infringement notices for offensive behaviour in a public place.
Sergeant Morris said the behaviour of the women was disgraceful.
“For such a small issue to escalate to violence is clearly not acceptable,” she said.
“The behaviour of the women led to fears and concerns from other parents.
“The children were terrified.
“It was highly upsetting for all the witnesses and the language used around young children and in a public place was also unacceptable.
“Children were still crying when police arrived.”