Musicians upset after pub incident
AN incident at Lennox Hotel on Friday night that resulted in a Bellingen musician being hospitalised with serious head injuries has prompted a swift backlash from local musicians who are concerned at the accountability of bouncers.
Popular Brut 66 guitarist Pete "Bufo" Hanson has been transferred out of intensive care after emerging from a coma following extensive surgery on Saturday and is now recovering well in Gold Coast Hospital.
Several prominent local musicians contacted The Northern Star yesterday with serious concerns about the incident.
They talked about what they see as increasing levels of aggression by bouncers across the region generally.
A spokeswoman for SNP Security, the company which supplied the security guards for the Friday night gig - and who service many other venues around the Northern Rivers - said the company was taking the incident seriously and was carrying out its own inquiry while co-operating with police.
"We are currently waiting on an incident report from the hotel and can't comment further until we see the facts of the matter," she said.
She added that the company would respond appropriately but could not confirm whether the security guard in question had been stood down pending the outcome of their inquiry.
Local promoter Darren Bridge who organised the Friday night concert was perplexed at the turn of events following what he described as a cruisy night of punters enjoying a reunion tour of legendary Eighties underground band X.
"There was no trouble all night long - this incident wasn't at all in line with how the night was running," he said.
Mr Bridge said he had known Mr Hanson for 20 years.
"You couldn't meet a sweeter more harmless guy," he said.
Richmond crime manager, Detective Inspector Greg Powell, said no one had being charged but detectives were investigating.
"They are assessing CCTV footage and other relevant evidence and have already spoken to a number of people but I'd urge anyone with further information to contact Ballina detectives," he said.