Illegal camper accused of slapping council ranger
A VICTORIAN camper will appear in court after allegedly assaulting a council ranger.
Police said the 23-year-old slapped one of the two Byron Shire Council rangers and ripped his shirt during the scuffle at around 7.20am this morning.
Acting Inspector Chad Deegenaars said the alleged assault came after the tourist became very angry with the rangers over his illegal camp site at Gilmore Cres, Byron Bay.
The man was arrested and taken to Byron Bay Police Station, where he was issued a court attendance notice.
Acting Insp Deegenaars the offence comes as a timely warning for campers to set up at legal sites and, more importantly, not to abuse council rangers.
He said the penalty for camping illegally warrants a fine but the alleged assault escalated the matter to a court appearance.
The man will appear before Byron Local Court on January 12.