Brawl, fire keep police busy

POLICE resources were stretched during a string of incidents in Byron Bay and surrounding areas on the weekend.

An alleged stabbing in Railway Park, a fire at Treehouse On Belongil, a road death in Federal and mass brawls in Tallow Beach car park kept police busy.

At 10.30pm on Friday police arrived at Tallow Beach car park to find a group of 300 to 400 youths.

"Brawls were reported to have been breaking out," Sergeant Troy Hamilton said.

He said many of the youths were intoxicated.

"Units from Byron Bay attended the scene and moved numerous people on."

It took police about half-an-hour to disperse the crowd.

Several major incidents occurred in Byron Bay and surrounding areas over 24 hours but Sgt Hamilton said police handled the workload well.

"We roster extra staff on for Friday and Saturday nights," he said.

"It's just one of those things; it's a high tourist area and a matter of us dealing with it as best we can."

Tweed Heads duty officer Brad Stuart said police were negotiating the installation of CCTV in Byron Bay CBD with Byron Shire Council and residents.

"From a policing point of view, it would be a valuable asset to us," he said.

"It's a tool we can use to get evidence for crimes committed and it's good from a safety point of view for the community."

Lismore police were also kept busy on the weekend.

Acting inspector David Eldridge said a series of "minor scuffles" took place in the CBD on Friday and Saturday nights.

He said police were negotiating an increase in signage in Lismore CBD with Lismore City Council.



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