Man armed with skateboard, knife sparks Kembla Street scuffle

Police officers keep watch over the scene of a violent scuffle that spilled onto Kembla Street about 8am Tuesday. Picture: Robert Peet

Police officers keep watch over the scene of a violent scuffle that spilled onto Kembla Street about 8am Tuesday. Picture: Robert Peet

A man has departed Kembla Street in an ambulance following an scuffle that saw a skateboard, then a tree branch – then a kitchen knife - used as weapons. 

The man, aged in his 40s, is believed to have initiated the fight early Tuesday after he arrived at the Kembla Street unit of another man, brandishing a skateboard. 

Wollongong Police Sergeant David Potts said the unit resident, aged 36, armed himself with a club-like tree branch.  

“They’ve had some sort of altercation last night which has been reignited today,” Sgt Potts said.

“Part of the scuffle was here [in the driveway], then the rest of it was literally in the middle of the road.”

The injured man is understood to have an association with a men’s refuge across the road. Police say he brought a knife into the conflict, only to have it used against him. 

NSW Ambulance paramedics collected him about 9.30am.

He was taken to Wollongong Hospital with lacerations to his head and a shallow wound –possibly from the knife – to his chest.  

The Kembla Street resident is at Wollongong Police Station, assisting police with their inquiries. 

Picture: Robert Peet

Picture: Robert Peet

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