Two arrests at gunpoint
By BREE PRICE
POLICE arrested two people at gunpoint in separate incidents during a dramatic weekend in Lismore.
A 20-year-old man was arrested for an alleged armed robbery, and a 57-year-old man was arrested after causing a disturbance.
In a third incident, a 16year-old youth was charged after a high-speed chase through Lismore.
The 20-year-old Lismore man was arrested in Brewster Street after the alleged robbery of a service station in Woodlark Street.
About 10.25pm on Saturday, the man is alleged to have entered the Ampol Collect Service Station armed with an 11cm long knife.
Police allege the man removed a sum of money from the cash register.
When he tried to leave, the 40-year-old service station operator tried to pin him to a wall with a broom.
The man escaped and fled on foot towards Brewster Street.
The male operator was not harmed.
About 30 minutes later police arrested a man at gunpoint near Lismore Shopping Square.
Richmond Area Command duty officer Inspector Tony Crandell said police found a knife in a nearby car park.
He said the area was busy with people at the time of incident.
Police recovered a sum of money allegedly taken from the cash register.
The man was charged with robbery whilst armed.
In another incident in East Lismore yesterday, a 57-year-old Goonellabah retiree was arrested after an alleged disturbance at the intersection of Walker and Peter streets.
Police swooped on the area about 11.15am wearing bulletproof vests after reports a firearm may have been involved.
However, Insp Crandell said no weapon was involved.
The man was charged with breaching bail, common assault, two charges of stalking and two charges of contravening an AVO.
In a third incident at the weekend, a 16-year-old unlicensed youth driving a stolen car led police on a high-speed chase through central Lismore, reaching speeds of up to 110km/h.
About 9.15pm, police spotted the male driver in Uralba Street and gave chase before turning on to Ballina Road.
The driver then tried to turn right into Invercauld Road, where the Holden sedan hit a concrete retaining wall.
The driver was charged at the scene with nine offences, including being in the possession of house-breaking implements, being in custody of a knife in a public place, car theft and driving offences. He was taken to Lismore Base Hospital under police guard.
At 3am, he was taken to Lismore Police Station where he was refused bail and remanded in custody.
All three men were remanded in custody to appear in Lismore Local Court today.