'Byron Bay's a time bomb'
By TABATHA FULKER
TELEVISION personality Rex Hunt yesterday angrily told the nation Byron Bay was a 'time bomb waiting to go off' after being involved in a weekend brawl in Jonson Street.
Mr Hunt vented his fury after being involved in a bloody brawl late on Friday night that left him with a cut to his head and bruising.
"Being held back by two little brats watching a bloke kicking your son in the head like a football; your life, what you are here for, flashes before your eyes," he told Sydney radio station 2UE yesterday afternoon.
"Little did I know that I was to be the next random victim."
Mr Hunt told radio announcer Steve Price that he was in Byron Bay to celebrate a wedding with his wife Lynne, his son Matthew and his son's wife when the attack occurred.
"It was a bloke that I refer to as Mop Top and I'll never forget him, if he's listening I might tell him that I'll never forget your face. When we meet we'll say g'day."
Mr Hunt says he was approached by a group of teenagers who asked if he was a tourist.
He replied he was in town for a wedding and 'Mop Top' said, 'well f-off. Tourists aren't welcome in our town'.
About seven teenage boys followed the Hunt family down Jonson Street, where Matthew Hunt was king hit.
"Matthew fell to his knees and the bloke kicked him like a football," Mr Hunt said.
"I went towards him and a little bloke with a hood mounted me like a stallion, king hit me and rubbed glass into the top of my head.
"Matthew's partner took her shoe off and tried to punch the little piece of vermin that was hitting my son."
Mr Hunt was adamant Byron Bay harboured an antitourist attitude that was to blame for the violence.
"The last place I will be going and the last place I will be telling people to go is Byron Bay," Mr Hunt said.
"It's a time bomb waiting to go off down there and it has nothing to do with terrorism.
"These are 14 to 16-year-old kids and the police can't touch them.
"How many other people have had a gutful of this, of going somewhere as a family and being stood over? This has had nothing to do with me being a celebrity.
"There are no (police) re sources up there and if I was a policeman in Byron Bay I would be asking for a transfer right away.
"I tell you what, they couldn't pay the police enough to go up there. It is a shocking place."
No charges have yet been laid.