Lismore assaults lead to warning

LISMORE police have issued a warning to people intending to walk around Lismore late at night after a gang of muggers bashed and robbed five different people over the weekend.

In one incident a 20-year-old male international student was walking home in Uralba Street between 1 and 2am on Saturday when he was approached by a group of men described as being of Aboriginal appearance.

The student was punched from the front and behind at same time. He fell to ground and was robbed. He was treated at Lismore Base Hospital for a bruised and swollen right eye and a fractured jaw.

In another incident a 43-year-old Lismore man walking near Oakes Oval was approached by two men and two women of Aboriginal appearance between 9.30 and 10.30pm on Saturday. After bashing the man they robbed him.

He was treated at the Base Hospital for head and facial injuries. In a third incident a 44-year-old Lismore man had cash and his mobile stolen between 11.30pm Friday and 1am Saturday. He has told police he was punched from behind by someone.

He was treated at Lismore Base Hospital but has not been able to identify his attacker.

On Friday night a 26-year-old Lismore man was robbed of cash after being punched from behind around 11pm near the intersection of Ewing and Cathcart streets.

He also told police he didn"t get a look a the person who hit him.

And a 23-year-old Lismore man was seriously assaulted at 11.30pm on Friday after he dropped his wallet in Keen Street.

Another man picked it up and walked off with it. When the victim approached the thief he was punched to the ground and kicked.

The victim lost a large amount of cash and his mobile phone.

Police say people walking in Lismore late at night, especially over the weekend, should take the necessary precautions to ensure their safety.

Spokesman, Snr Const Michael Hogan, said police would like to hear from anyone who saw any of these crimes take place. Witnesses should call 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000.



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