News

CCTV call after attack on cops

A PACK assault on police officers in Byron Bay by a group of drunks has renewed the call for closed circuit television cameras to be installed in the town.

On Thursday night police used capsicum spray to subdue a group of drunk men on Jonson St after they attacked the officers.

A 24-year-old Suffolk Park man was charged with obstructing police and will appear in Byron Bay Court on May 10. More arrests are expected.

Tweed Byron Local Area Command Superintendent Stuart Wilkins said violence against police in Byron was not uncommon and the latest attack justified Byron Shire Council revisiting its decision to reject CCTV cameras in the town.

Byron United president and member of Byron Bay Liquor Accord Paul Waters said both organisations supported installing cameras.

He blamed the violence on carloads of young men who visited Byron on weekends from surrounding towns.

Byron Mayor Jan Barham said she would invite police to a public meeting to discuss the best way to reduce alcohol-fuelled violence in Byron Bay.

Ms Barham questioned the use of cameras as a deterrent because generally they were not monitored and were used mostly to gather evidence once crime had occurred.

She said a lockdown of licensed venues after 1am had worked in Newcastle and the same approach would work in Byron, but it had been rejected by the local business community.

Topics:  assault, byron bay, cctv, police




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Liam Hemsworth could be joining his brother in Byron

No Caption

BYRON could be home to two Hemsworth brothers

Maudeville is back, brighter and shinier than ever

DIVA: Maude Boat as MC of the Cabaret Show at a previous Tropical Fruit’s New Year Eve Party in Lismore.

IN A city full of divas, only one reigns supreme: Maude Boate.

Faster, higher, stronger for this music festival

Sariah Xu of the Armilla Quartet performs at the launch of the 2016 Bangalow Music Festival.

Musical achievements inspired over the last 400 years

Latest deals and offers

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Logan Wilson

Lismore 21-year-old Logan Wilson talks about life without a job and his journey to...

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

10 ‘must-see’ open homes on the Northern Rivers this weekend

McGrath Ballina have listed this home at 19 Stonehenge Place, Lennox Head.

Looking for a new home? Then check out this list.

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.