Police have allegedly been threatened and spat at by a group of youths during a riot in Tarneit that resulted in three people being arrested and charged.

Police on active patrol in Wyndham Vale were called to Tarneit Central Shopping Centre about 3pm yesterday, where a number of youths, believed to be of African appearance, confronted them.

A Victoria Police spokesperson said the youths allegedly threatened and spat at officers. Three males were arrested at the scene following riotous behaviour and breaches of peace.

Two 18-year-old men, both from Tarneit, were charged with behaving in a riotous manner and assault-related offences. A 17-year-old Point Cook male has been charged with resisting arrest, assaulting police, riotous behaviour and other assault-related offences.

The trio will front Werribee Magistrate’s Court at a later date.