CBD violence upsets

POLICE are furious at the continued alcohol-related violence in Byron Bay after a busy weekend dealing with seven assaults in the CBD.

Police records show Byron Bay was the fourth worst suburb in NSW for alcohol-related violence in February.

To combat the escalating trend, officers from the Tweed /Byron local area command launched Operation Ballast, to target alcohol-related crime in Byron Bay.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command Inspector Darren Steel said the weekend's 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'."

Insp Steel said his officers had to deal with alcohol-related violence most weekends in Byron Bay.

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

Trouble flared about 11.30pm on Saturday when a fight erupted after a man allegedly had his hat taken from him by another man while standing in Jonson St.

Then about 1.15am on Sunday, a 40-year-old man was put in a headlock and punched in the mouth by a woman, after he took a photo of a man she was with, while he was being sick.

In another incident, two men were allegedly assaulted in Shirley St about 3.25am on Sunday.

Officers chased a man on foot but losing sight of him near railway lines in Lawson St.

During the alleged assault, one man was struck in the face receiving minor injury.

The second man's shoulder was fractured, after his arm was forced backwards.

The male offender was described as wearing shorts and no shirt.

Anyone with information about any of the assaults is asked to call Bryon Bay police on 6685 9499 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.



Topics:  byron bay cbd crime lismore police violence

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