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Police investigate skateboard attack on two men at Ballina

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Police are appealing for help to track down three teenagers who used skateboards to allegedly assault two men on Missingham Bridge at Ballina on Boxing Day.

Police said the assault occurred around 10.30pm.

Police have been told that five boys aged in their late teens approached two 40-year-old men as they walked along the eastern footpath on the Missingham Bridge on Kingsford Smith Drive, Ballina.

‘The men were walking south towards town when the teenagers called out to them to stop,’ police said in a statement.

‘The men stopped and asked the boys to leave them alone.

‘A green coloured van (with a sliding side door) travelling north along Kingsford Smith Drive had stopped near the group of teenagers.

‘A female driver has spoken to the group and then left with two of the young boys continuing north.

‘Three teenagers remained and they were in possession of skateboards.

‘The group used their skateboards to assault the two men.

‘At one stage one of the offenders smashed a glass bottle on the handrail, retained the neck of the bottle which he threw at one of the victims, cutting his forearm.

‘This was a vicious assault with no known motive.’

Police are requesting anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800-333-000.


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