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Machete bandit hits South Golden Beach store

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The South Golden Beach store. Photo Narel Shearer
The South Golden Beach store. Photo Narel Shearer

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man armed with a machete tried to hold up South Golden Beach shop last night.

Police say the man terrorised staff when he jumped on the counter and threatened them just before 7.30pm.

A scuffle apparently erupted in which a staff member suffered a long cut to the forearm.

The assailant escaped empty-handed. He is described as 180cm tall with a skinny build.

Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.police.nsw.gov.au.

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  1. wow, crime! just as we’re about to see an influx of visitors with a penchant for expensive substances to enjoy themselves. Coincidence?

  2. I am so sorry to read this. I was recently staying in the vicinity and was struck by how friendly the owners and staff were, in fact, South Golden Beach impressed me as a gentle, harmonious community. The assailant was obviously a nutter from outside, a desperate amateur. I do hope the staff will recover asap from the trauma.

  3. I think we need to remember that we living in the byron bubble are not immune from the attendant crimes and problems associated with serious drug use. I believe that Meta amphetamines and other heavy drugs are actively being used in the the Byron Shire -and not just by visitors.

    I am very sorry to hear of this incident.Small business can be a tough game and the owners have created something a bit special at this Store..great food,coffee,a bit of pizazz and special dinner nights on the full moon. I wish everyone a speedy physical and psychological recovery.

  4. Dave s comment on top is just really silly.Dave,the substances which are creating the biggest problem in our society are freely available and expansive at the festival.They are the no 1 problem worldwide and they are legal.funny that,Dave isnt it ??!!!but hey,maybe you are right and someone wants to get really pissed over the weekend and run out of money to buy those booze drugs..Yep, maybe u got a point there……..

  5. I cease to be surprised at anything that happens around this region any more. So many of these assailants are high on ice, and while the judges continue to laugh them off, crime can only escalate. I’m waiting for serious injuries and death nowadays from the junkies that prowl our streets.


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