Rocks have been thrown at police in a disgraceful outburst after officers tried to break up a large gathering at an illegal hoon meet in Melbourne’s south on Thursday night.
Officers were called to Marine Parade in St Kilda about 10.50pm after reports of the “illegal gathering” and vehicles racing and doing burnouts.
The crowds were so large police noticed on arrival that Marine Parade had been blocked to northbound traffic.
“While officers were making initial assessments of the crowd a number of people advanced on Highway Patrol members,” a Victoria Police spokesperson said.
Officers then used pepper spray to try to disperse the crowd, but they turned violent and started pelting police with rocks.
A police car was damaged in the incident.
Pictures posted to social media also showed the chaos, with hundreds of people bunched up close together.
Police also said several offences were committed, including breaches of the chief health officer’s instructions.
Investigators want to speak to anyone with any information, CCTV or dashcam footage, and they are urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.