Police injured by party-goers

TWO police officers were injured closing down a rowdy party of 250 revellers at the Jiggi Hall early on Sunday morning.

A 22-year-old Lismore man and a 29-year-old Nimbin woman were arrested after assaulting police who were trying to prevent them breaking into an NSW Ambulance vehicle.

Police reported other officers were hit and kicked.

The arrests came on the weekend of Operation Unite, a statewide initiative targeting alcohol-related violence.

Police from the Richmond Local Area Command reported 12 arrests for offences including assault, assaulting police, resisting arrest and affray.

No figures were available from the Tweed-Byron Local Area Command.

Richmond police were generally pleased with the operation, which included 225 random breath tests, inspections of 39 licensed premises and 27 licensing security operations.

One knife was seized from 14 searches, 26 move-on directions were given and four licensing breaches were issued.

The operation saw an 85 per cent reduction in reported incidents and police said similar operations would be conducted in the coming months.

Richmond command crime manager Insp Greg Moore said the assault on police at Jiggi was disappointing in that the officers were simply protecting ambulance officers.

“The ambos were just there to help. They shouldn’t be subjected to this sort of thing,” he said.

Police had responded to complaints from neighbours about the noise and behaviour of party-goers and were attempting to close down the party at 2.30am following an earlier incident at 1.45am.

The man was arrested after shoulder charging an officer to the ground from behind, and the woman was arrested after trying to pull an officer to the ground.



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