Ballina man charged with impersonating police

A man has appeared in court charged over a home invasion in Ballina, during which he allegedly pretended to be a police officer.

About 9pm Wednesday (June 25), a 65-year-old woman answered a knock at the front door of her unit on Crane Street to a 26-year-old man who allegedly claimed to be a police officer investigating a murder.

He asked her to come outside and then allegedly held her hands behind her back, forcing her to a neighbouring unit.

A 28-year-old man came to the door of this unit, but left the screen door locked.

It’s alleged the younger man forced entry to the home and assaulted another man – aged 37 – also telling the trio they weren’t free to leave the unit.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command were contacted and arrived a short time later, arresting the 26-year-old after a short struggle during which officers used capsicum spray.

The man was taken to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with: aggravated entry of a dwelling with intent; impersonating a police officer; detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage;assault occasioning actual bodily harm; and two counts of common assault.

The East Ballina man was refused bail to front Ballina Local Court.

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