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A man faced Byron Bay local court on Thursday charged with assaulting an authorised officer, resisting arrest, three counts of malicious damage and unlicensed driving, according to council’s manager of sustainable development, Wayne Bertram.

Mr Bertram said that earlier in the week a parking officer, ‘had reminded a male person in Byron Bay’s Main Beach car park that a ticket was required to be purchased whilst parking in the car park.’

‘The officer returned later to find that the male person had not purchased a ticket. He returned to his car and started to complete a ticket [fine] on his equipment.

‘Unfortunately, the male person observed this and became aggressive, grabbed the equipment and pushed the officer.

‘He also got into his car and rammed it into another parked car. The equipment was thrown on to the rocks and damaged. The police were called and arrested the person.’

‘This is a rare incident for our parking officers that they are faced with this level of aggression,’ he said.

‘While most people aren’t happy about getting a parking ticket, the majority accept them knowing that they have done the wrong thing, either intentionally or unintentionally.’

‘It can be easy to be caught out for time when visiting Byron Bay’, however, Mr Bertram urged everyone to check the roads signs for time limits and costs, before leaving the area.

‘Assaulting a parking officer who was simply doing their job is not the answer.

‘Our staff are regular people who don’t deserve this sort of treatment,’ Mr Bertram said.


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1 COMMENT

  1. Petty crime enforcement requires that the officer retain perspective.

    This assault may well have been avoided if the parking officer withdrew from the situation earlier in the incident rather than pursuing completion of the PIN on the spot.

    It is no shame to withdraw and have your day later. Fine quotas are not worth it.

    You are not trained, equipped nor paid enough to physically enforce your actions. Nor will management back you up.

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