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Schoolies, domestic violence, burglaries and drugs on police beat

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Byron Bay Schoolies

Schoolie Celebrations are now well underway in Byron Bay. The main issues so far has been persons taking and consuming alcohol in Apex Park. This Park is Alcohol Free and is also a no glass area as well. It is an offence to take glass in this area and with not complying with this direction is a $110.00 fine. Also Schoolies are reminded to celebrate in a responsible manner, party safely and to take care of your mates. One bad decision or involvement in risky behaviour could lead to a criminal record, and may impact the rest of your life.

Police arrest man in Byron Bay over alleged drug supply

On Saturday night plain-clothes police witnessed suspicious behaviour between patrons while patrolling a license premise in Byron Bay. Police spoke to the 31 year old man who admitted to having a small amount of prohibited drugs in his possession. The man was arrested by plain clothes police and while searching him, he ran away before later being arrested on Johnson Street, Byron Bay. The man was conveyed to Byron Bay police station and charged with supplying prohibited drugs, two counts of possessing prohibited drugs, and resisting police. He was given conditional bail to appear at Byron Bay Court on 15 December.

Break and enter in Tweed Heads

Between 8am on Friday and 10am on Sunday, unknown persons gained entry into a house in Pontresina Ave, Tweed Heads by removing the glass of the ground floor rear window, possibly using tools from a garden shed. The offenders stole cash and jewellery. Anyone with information on this is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or Tweed Heads Police on 07 55360999. Police urge residents to secure tools and gardening equipment to minimise the chances of them being used to break into homes in the local area.

Wallet stolen from car, keycard used

Between 8pm last Wednesday and 9.30am last Thursday, a wallet was stolen from a motor vehicle while it was parked and unattended in Convent Gardens Way, Banora Point. The victim’s keycard was later used to purchase items on line and at local businesses. Police are currently investigating the matter.
Police urge drivers to take all valuable items out of their vehicles and ensure that all the doors are locked and secured, actions which may prevent your property from being stolen from motor vehicles.

Mullumbimby man charged over domestic violence

Overnight last Friday, police arrested a 40-year-old Mullumbimby man for a serious assault on his de-facto partner in Mullumbimby. He was taken to Byron Bay police station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and destroying or damaging property. The man was granted conditional bail by the court but then re-arrested within 24 hours for breaching the Apprehended Violence Order and his bail conditions. He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Local Court today (Monday).

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  1. How many schoolies and toolies were in Byron Bay on Saturday night and early Sunday? At a rough guess 3 to 4 thousand.

    The local police were overwhelmed with calls for assistance and prioritised the calls,so some didn’t get attended to. The reason this happened was that there were only two operational police vehicles due to understaffing of rosters. A far cry from a few years back when mounted police from Sydney were brought in during Schoolies.
    Some pertinent questions need to be asked.


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