Another violent weekend in Byron

BYRON Bay police have had to deal with another weekend of alcohol-related violence, with seven assaults reported in the CBD.

Additional resources were drawn from other areas of the Tweed/Byron Local Area Command to bolster numbers taking part in Operation 'Ballast', formed to target alcohol-related crime.

TWEED Byron Local Area Command duty officer, Inspector Darren Steel said the operation undoubtedly prevented further violent acts from taking place.

"Police issued 25 move-on directions in the CBD, primarily to alcohol-affected people behaving in a disorderly manner," he said.

"Additionally, five people were issued with infringement notices for remaining in the vicinity of licensed premises after being earlier excluded and another five were issued with Criminal Infringement Notices for using 'Offensive Language.

"We are sick and tired of being continually called upon to respond to what are predominately alcohol-related assaults in the town's CBD

This weekend's violence began about 11.30pm on Saturday night a man allegedly had his hat taken from him by another man whilst he was standing in Jonson Street.

An argument developed and the man was punched a number of times in the head.  The man was described as Caucasian appearance, unshaven, tattooed arms and a blue singlet.  The cap taken by the man had the word 'Cocaine' on the back.

About 1.15am on Sunday morning a 40-year-old man was also assaulted by a female in Jonson Street.

It is alleged that the man had taken a photo of the woman's male companion whilst he was being ill.

The woman approached the man and demanded the photo be deleted before placing him in a 'headlock' and punching him in the mouth causing damage to his teeth.

In a separate incident a short time later, a 21-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman were allegedly assaulted in Jonson Street following an earlier incident in a local nightclub where the rear of the woman's skirt was lifted up by a 22-year-old man.

Outside the nightclub an altercation took place which saw the woman being pushed to the ground and the male being struck in the head several times causing a large laceration.

The 22-year-old man was subsequently interviewed at Ballina Police Station about 3pm on Sunday afternoon and has been charged with 'indecent assault', 'assault occasioning actual bodily harm' and 'assault'.  He has been bailed to the Byron Bay Local Court next month.

About 9.40pm on Sunday, an altercation took place between two security staff and three patrons at a local hotel.

Police were present at the time and took action against the three men for remaining in the vicinity of the hotel after previously being excluded.

In the most serious matter, police were alerted to an assault taking place on two men in Shirley Street about 3.25am on Sunday morning.

Police were on scene quickly and pursued a single male offender on foot for a short distance before losing sight of him near railway lines in Lawson Street.

During the alleged assault one man sustained a significant fracture to his shoulder after having his arm pulled backwards forcefully  while another was struck in the face causing minor injury.

The male offender could only be described as wearing shorts and no shirt.

Police are asking any person who may have witnessed or have knowledge of any of the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or Byron Bay Police Station on 02 6685 9499

Topics:  arrests, byron bay, police, violence



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