WHILE most people were keen to enjoy themselves on August 3 at the Avon River Festival prior to the start next morning of the Avon Descent, a minority was apparently bent on violence.
Two teenage girls were the main victims.
One 14-year-old needed six stitches to the back of her head after being hit with a stubbie.
The other, aged 15, had a bruised jaw and damaged teeth from punches to the head.
Police have at this stage arrested three juveniles and charged them with aggravated assault.
They are still investigating with further arrests expected.
According to reports there were several violent encounters, most with racial overtones.
Entries on Facebook were certainly racist and most were threatening and obscene.
The 15-year-old victim, Jayden Jacobsen, is not going to high school and is moving to Victoria.
This violence comes on top of other anti-social behaviour and vandalism in Northam.
Police are still investigating the vandalism at Valley Ford which caused about $25,000 worth of damage.