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March 2, 2021

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Police are reminding car owners to ensure their cars are secure when parked and unattended after three vehicles were reported stolen in the Byron Bay area over the weekend.

In addition there were two assaults in Jonson Street, a violent altercation inside the Beach Hotel, and another outside. Another man was charged over a violent incident with security at Cocomangas and a woman was charged for being abusive outside the Byron Bay police station.

Police are investigating an assault on two male tourists from the UK after a male, described as being in his early 20s with blond shoulder length hair and wearing a black t-shirt and jeans, walked up and punched them both in the head. There is no CCTV available to assist. The incident occurred about 11.50 on Friday night in Jonson Street.

Police have charged a 28 year old Ballina man with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm after an incident that occurred early Sunday morning on Jonson Street. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on March 21. Police will allege that about 1am on Sunday the man punched another man in the head after asking for a cigarette lighter.

A 22 year old Lennox Head man became involved in a violent altercation with security from Cocomangas about 2am on Sunday. The man was asked to leave for being too intoxicated. Police intervened after seeing security officers arresting the man on the roadway. Investigations are continuing.

Police are investigating an allegation of assault that occurred inside the Beach Hotel around 10pm on Sunday. A 21 year old Ocean Shores woman is believed to have been assaulted by an 18 year old Broken Head man.

A 25 year old French national was issued with a $550 fine for failing to quit licensed premises (the Beach Hotel) at about 12am on Monday. The man was asked by security to leave and a violent altercation erupted. Police attended and arrested the man, who was later released.

A 43 year old Lismore woman was arrested and charged with a range of offences including offensive language, offensive behaviour, fail to comply with direction, assault police, resist police and intimidate police. She was granted condition bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court on March 21. Police will allege that the woman, who was affected by alcohol, came to the Byron Bay police station and started yelling abuse at police and members of the public. She continued to threatened police and the their families before being arrested in a violent confrontation.


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Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021

Entertainment in the Byron Shire and beyond for the week beginning 3 March, 2021