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Gang Of Six Men Assault Two Women In String Of Melbourne CBD Attacks

Two men have been arrested after a string of robberies and assaults across Melbourne's CBD over the weekend, on the first night of the annual Moomba festival.

In one incident, just before 4am on Saturday morning, two women were assaulted and had a speaker and tobacco stolen by a group of six males.

One woman was sexually assaulted while the other was punched in the face, police said.

The men fled the scene.

Just hours earlier, shortly before 9pm, a group of five males attempted to steal the phone and wallet of a man on Swanston Street. The victim was uninjured and the offenders fled on foot.

A few hours after that, just after midnight, a group of offenders attempted to steal a mobile phone from two victims in Banana Alley.

The offenders fled and were chased by the victims before the offenders confronted the victims and assaulted them, police said. The victims received non-life-threatening injuries and went to hospital.

In a fourth incident, at about 7am on Saturday morning, two victims at a restaurant at the intersection of Clarendon Street and City Road had their mobile phones stolen by two males who fled on foot.

One of the victims was head-butted, receiving minor injuries.

Police believe all four incidences are related.

They have arrested two men, both of whom are assisting police with inquiries. It is believed other offenders may have been involved, and the investigation continues.

In a series of separate incidences on Saturday night, three brawls broke out near the Flinders Street station over the course of four hours.

Three people were arrested for assault, while another two were arrested for drunken behaviour.

More than one million people are expected to flock to Melbourne for the Moomba festival, which takes place along the banks of the Yarra until Monday.

“We’ll be on the lookout right across Melbourne, including at train stations and on train and tram routes, for any anti-social or criminal behaviour," Commander Tim Hansen said.

“Police will act swiftly; we have never been better prepared and equipped to crack down on trouble makers in the CBD."

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