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The smashed windscreen of a Byron Bay police vehicle allegedly kicked in by a tourist who had allegedly been threatening self-harm at Cape Byron Lighthouse on Christmas night, 2017. Photo NSW Police

A 23-year-old Canadian visitor has been charged after allegedly smashing the windscreen of a police vehicle and punching police at Cape Byron Lighthouse last night (Monday, December 25).

About 10:55pm police from Byron Bay were called to the lighthouse where a male was threatening self-harm.

Police say that upon entering the southern car park, the male ran at the police vehicle and launched himself head first onto the bonnet and into the windscreen of the police vehicle.

The windscreen shattered covering the officers inside with glass shards.

The male allegedly jumped to his feet on the bonnet and commenced kicking the windscreen.

He later jumped off the bonnet and allegedly commenced punching and head butting the front passenger’s window.

He then allegedly opened the door to the vehicle, at which point police tasered him.

According to police, this had little effect and a violent confrontation commenced, with the male offender allegedly punching police a number of times.

After a struggle he was restrained and taken to the Byron Bay Police Station.

As the result of the incident, a 23-year-old male from Canada was charged with malicious damage, assaulting police and resisting police.

He was refused bail to appear in the Tweed Heads Local Court this morning (December 26).

The man has subsequently been granted conditional bail to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on January 15.

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