Yamba’s Pippi Beach was the scene of an assault and robbery of two tourists on Friday.
Yamba’s Pippi Beach was the scene of an assault and robbery of two tourists on Friday. Rodney Stevens

Bashed on the beach

A RELAXING afternoon sunbaking suddenly turned violent on Friday for two 20-year-old women holidaying at Yamba when they were assaulted and robbed at Yamba's Pippi Beach.

Police have since arrested and charged three local girls, aged 15, 12 and 11 over the incident.

About 3.45pm on Saturday the two university students were chatting while sunbaking and noticed three girls playing nearby.

The father of one of the students, who wanted to remain anonymous, said his daughter and her friend were just sunbaking and enjoying their family holiday when they were attacked.

"They didn't take much notice of the girls because they were just playing in the sand," he said.

"The girls kept on talking and the next minute she knew she was being hit from behind and over the head by one of the girls with a branch or a big stick."

"As she got up to defend herself she continued to be hit and as she was being struck the two younger girls got into her bag and grabbed her purse and credit cards and money and ran away."

The perpetrators fled with between $200 and $300 cash before the shaken woman could contact police.

Police immediately commenced a search for the girls.

When they spotted the 15-year-old and the 12-year-old on Robinson St in Ngaru Village, the girls fled onto Yamba Golf course.

Police pursued them, arresting one in the golf course and the other at a property in Robinson St a short time later. The 11-year-old was arrested in nearby bushland.

The three girls were taken to Yamba Police Station.

One victim was treated by paramedics at Yamba police station for shock, cuts and bruises.

After holidaying at Yamba approximately 20 times in the past 12 years, the girls' father said this incident has prompted his family to reconsider their future holidays at Yamba.

The 15-year-old was charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon (in company), resisting arrest, breaching bail and having suspected stolen goods.

Her matters were adjourned in Grafton Local Court yesterday and she will appear in person today.

She was refused bail and remanded in custody at Acmena Juvenile Justice Centre.

The 11-year-old and the 12-year-old were charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon (in company).

Both were granted conditional bail to appear before the Maclean Children's Court on February 14.



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