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Police have arrested two men for assaults at Byron Bay in the past week, one of them on a pub security guard and another on arresting officers at a backpackers’ hostel.

About 8.52pm on Friday (June 30) a 28-year-old man entered the backpackers in Byron Bay and stole personal items belonging to a resident. He returned a short time later and attempted to gain entry to two further rooms but was detained by the manager.

Police arrived and arrested the male who became violent and had to be restrained before being taken back to Byron Bay Police station.

They discovered he had numerous outstanding warrants for both the District and Local courts. The man has been charged with breaking and entering and other property related offences. He has been refused bail to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court today (July 3).

Pub security guard assaulted

Soon after midnight on Sunday morning (June 2), security guards at The Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay noticed a 25-year-old male patron to be drunk. Given the responsible service of alcohol laws, the security guards requested the man to leave.

He was incoherent and repeatedly questioned why he was being asked to leave and made no attempt to go. As a result, two security gards took hold of one arm each to escort him outside. A wrestle ensued and all three parties ended up on the ground.

Police arrived and assisted the security guards take control of him. As he was being lifted to his feet the drunken man head butted one of the security guards to the face causing swelling and bruising to his face and eye.

The assailant was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with assault causing actual bodily harm and failing to quit a licensed premise. He will appear before Byron Bay Local Court on July 20.


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