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Several people were held up at knifepoint at Byron Bay on Saturday night.

Police say that at around 9pm a man was walking through Denning Park in Lawson Street when two men on pushbikes riding past stopped him.

One of the men threatened him with a 13-centimetre knife and escaped with property and money.

In another incident, a man and woman sitting in Apex Park at around 6.30pm were confronted by a man demanding money.

The offender took off with the woman’s purse and the male victim gave chase but was threatened with a knife.

The victim hailed down a passing police highway patrol car and the offender was caught soon after.

A 23-year-old was charged with robbery and stealing and appeared in Lismore Court yesterday where bail was refused.

Bungled home invasion

Police are investigating a bungled home invasion of a unit at Tweed Heads West at 3 o’clock this morning.

Police said three men forced their way into the unit and questioned the people inside before realising they had the wrong address and left.

Police were this morning searching the area.

 


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