Rally 'hoon' pays high price

THE police operation surrounding the Repco Rally Australia has unexpectedly netted a fugitive from Queensland.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Commander Superintendent Michael Kenny said a Queensland man who had been charged with hooning around the streets of Murwillumbah was also wanted for robbery offences north of the border.

“We made one arrest at the weekend for hooning behaviour, but that is typical of any weekend around here,” Supt Kenny said.

“It was a significant arrest actually. The person was wanted by Queensland cops for a very serious offence and that person will be extradited.”

Eight other people were arrested for a range of offences, including malicious damage for graffiti and there were some licensing and responsible service of alcohol issues.

However, considering the numbers in the Kyogle and Tweed shires, Supt Kenny believes Operation Palisade was a complete success.

He said police were continuing their investigations into the controversy surrounding Friday's Byrrill Creek Road stage near Uki, which was abandoned due to rocks being placed on the road and thrown at passing cars.

Supt Kenny said police believed those responsible were linked to protest groups.

The main protest groups that are fighting against rally have already distanced themselves from such behaviour and condemned 'extreme' actions by protesters.

“I think most of the protesters behaved in a manner which we thought they would,” Supt Kenny said.

“They were very co-operative, we negotiated through the operation with them to make sure that they were strategically positioned so they could get their message across but also be out of the way, and it was unfortunate that it was just a few rogue protesters that really put lives at danger by throwing rocks and doing other silly things.

“I'm just disappointed with the fools that were throwing rocks and doing other silly things that needed us to arrest them for their own safety and for the safety of the drivers.”

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