Where are your kids at night?

POLICE have asked what the parents of a number of teenagers were doing when their children were assaulting people in the street.

In Ballina at 1.30am on Saturday a 43-year-old East Ballina man was found unconscious and bleeding from his head on the road in Cherry St after he was bashed, allegedly by young males.

The man was walking home from a night out when he came across an altercation between four males.

Police say the man was assaulted by two of them and had to be airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital where he remained in an induced coma yesterday.

Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Acting Inspector Matt Kehoe said the involvement of young people in recent violent incidents raised questions over their parental supervision.

"It certainly sends questions as to what they are doing out at this time of the night and more importantly what their parents were doing in regards to supervising them," he said.

An hour earlier, in an unrelated incident, a 19-year-old was "set upon for no apparent reason" as he walked home from a night out in Lismore, police said.

Det A/Insp Kehoe said the teenager was struck with a stick and struck in the face with a large rock at the intersection of Hunter and Uralba streets.

The victim underwent surgery at Lismore Base Hospital and was expected to be released yesterday.

It was very disturbing that someone could not walk home from a night out.

"It again sends a message that supervision of these young people is an issue as they are out in the early hours of the morning and committing quite serious offences," Det A/Insp Kehoe said.

Police were searching for five males of Aboriginal appearance in their mid-to-late teens who they believe were involved in the attack.

Police have charged two boys, 15 and 16, over an attack in Ballina on the weekend.

Anyone who can help police can call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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