Two vehicles, including this police paddy wagon, were destroyed after being torched by a crowd of about 50 party-goers during the 2010 riot at Yamba. Another police vehicle had its windscreen smashed after officers responded to complaints of a loud party.
Two vehicles, including this police paddy wagon, were destroyed after being torched by a crowd of about 50 party-goers during the 2010 riot at Yamba. Another police vehicle had its windscreen smashed after officers responded to complaints of a loud party. Frank Redward

Yamba police facing claims over 2010 riot

POLICE are facing 16 civil claims for compensation over their alleged treatment of people involved in the 2010 Yamba riot.

Maclean-based solicitor Mark Spagnolo appeared on behalf of the 16 people lodging the claims at Lismore District Court yesterday.

The claims relate to an incident that occurred when police arrived at a party at Craig and Maxine McNeill's Yamba residence on February 14 to investigate a noise complaint and were told to leave by Mr McNeill as they were on private property.

Police elected to maintain their presence at the McNeill's and a melee ensued.

During the melee, a police paddy wagon and a Holden Commodore station wagon were torched and police vehicles were pelted with bricks, bottles and pavers.

Yesterday Mr Spagnolo attended a status conference relating to the matters which were adjourned until January 16 at Lismore District Court.



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