PROTECTOR: Will Geertsma from Ipswich Fitness witnessed an assault in the Ipswich Mall and went to the aid of the victim.
PROTECTOR: Will Geertsma from Ipswich Fitness witnessed an assault in the Ipswich Mall and went to the aid of the victim. Inga Williams

Another black eye for Ipswich Mall

ANOTHER violent assault in Ipswich Mall has seen calls go out for the Police Beat to be moved back into the troubled precinct.

On Thursday night, Bob Slater, the 59-year-old owner of Discount Drug Store Chemist, was attacked by a 26-year-old man around 6pm who punched him repeatedly.

Mr Slater suffered a deep gash to the back of his head and was taken to hospital.

Ipswich Fitness owner Will Geertsma rushed to Mr Slater's assistance before police promptly arrived and arrested the man who has been charged with assault.

Mr Geertsma said moving the Police Beat from the mall to Riverlink was "a bad decision" that had diminished police presence in the area.

Cr Antoniolli is calling on a return of beat patrols to the CBD, with particular emphasis on the mall, Bell St and Top of Town.

"Prior to G20, we had police regularly in the CBD patrolling and making a difference. However, since then, patrols have been sparse and rare. It has allowed the cockroaches to come out of hiding," he said.

"Council has spent millions on our SafeCity program which over 20 years has proven its worth at addressing crime and safety fears, but it's a resource that assists police, not replaces it."