Byron Bay Police Station
Byron Bay Police Station JAY CRONAN

Byron’s morning: two assaults and a break-in

IT'S been a rough start to the day at Byron Bay with police there reporting two assaults and a break-in before the sun even had a chance to clear the horizon.

In a series of posts on their Facebook page, the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command have said there were two assaults on Jonson Street between 1am and shortly after 3am and a break-in at Shelley Drive while the residents were asleep between 3am and 5am.

In the break-in, thieves made off with a laptop and wallets, prompting police to issue a reminder that residents need to lock up their homes while they sleep at night.

Just before 1am, a 19-year-old Lennox Head woman was alleged to have slapped a bouncer outside Cheeky Monkeys after he refused to let her in after an earlier incident at the venue. Police were still investigating that incident.

About two hours later, just after 3am, three men sitting outside the Noodle Box were approached by a group of three men described as being in their late teens. The two groups argued until the teenagers attacked them, leading to a "brawl" in the street between the six men.

The teens ran off and had not been identified, with police pointing out they might have been able to ID them had there been CCTV in the area.

The incidents come as pressure grows at Byron Bay over incidents of alcohol-related violence, which a senior officer this week said was as bad as the worst parts of Sydney.

Ballina MP Don Page has warned the State Government will step in if the town's 71 licenced venues - 25 of which have permits for late trading - do not resolve the problem, and the Office of Liquor, Gaming, and Racing has issued "show cause" notices to Cheeky Monkeys, Cocomangas, Aquarius Backpackers, and Woodys Surf Shack over concerns their promotions encouraged alcohol abuse.

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