Witnesses sought following Kirra Sports Club assault

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Benjamin Joseph Thornton

POLICE ARE holding grave concerns for Benjamin Joseph Thornton, 26 who they believe was assaulted, possibly with a firearm near the Kirra Sports Club on Tuesday night (January 24).

Police said they hold grave concerns for Mr Thornton’s welfare and have released the above image in the hope that the public can assist in locating him.

A white BMW believed to either belong to or is associated with Benjamin Joseph Thornton was found by Police at around 10pm on Tuesday, January 24.

Initial investigations indicate that a group of men associated with a dark-coloured four wheel drive wagon and a dark-coloured utility were involved in the assault.

Police believe the assault may have included the discharge of a firearm.

Both vehicles were driven from the scene at speed.

Detective Inspector Marc Hogan said that Police are appealing for any information on Mr Thornton’s whereabouts.

“Police hold grave concerns for his welfare as we believe he may have been injured but we have yet to locate him,” Detective Inspector Hogan said.

“We are also asking anyone who may have seen anything in the vicinity of the sports Club especially in the carpark directly across from the club to contact police.”

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.