Police kept busy at Lennox Head
by BREE PRICE
TWO more shop windows in Lennox Head have been smashed, continuing the spate of damage to businesses in the coastal village's main street.
The glass door at Southern Cross Credit Union was shattered on Thursday night, along with a window at the Lennox Point Hotel.
The damage comes about a week after a window at Subway was smashed and more than 100 teenagers ran riot in the town's main street.
Four carloads of police were pelted with bottles, cans and verbally abused by the teenagers last Tuesday night.
Richmond Local Area Command duty officer Insp Tony Crandell said police were called to the Lennox Head Hotel just after midnight yesterday, after a man refused to leave the premises and smashed a window.
Insp Crandell said a man was asked to leave the pub at 12.10am because of his behaviour.
But he returned 20 minutes later and was again asked to leave.
Insp Crandell said the man allegedly became abusive and assaulted a male staff member, before he was physically ejected from the hotel.
In the scuffle to eject the man, a staff member's shirt was ripped.
Once outside, police allege the man punched the window next to the front door of the pub and left with a group of friends.
Insp Crandell said police arrested an 18-year-old man standing in the middle of Pacific Parade, not far from the pub, without a shirt on and a bloody right hand.
Police charged the Ballina man with malicious damage and failing to leave a licensed premises.
He will appear in Ballina Local Court on August 11.
Insp Crandell said while dealing with the incident at the hotel, police were also verbally abused by several patrons.
He said a man came out of the pub and yelled at police, and he was followed by other people who had been inside the pub.
Insp Crandell said following the ongoing damage to businesses in Lennox Head, the police were working with Ballina Shire Council to try and address the issue of 'senseless damage'.
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