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Two cops assaulted during Apex Park melee

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Two Byron Bay 18-year-olds have been charged with assaulting police, resisting arrest and affray after an incident in Apex Park in the early hours of Sunday morning.

About 1:10am, plain clothes police were in Apex Park, at the corner of Bay and Jonson Streets in Byron Bay, monitoring a group of people for what they believed was an unfolding breach of the peace.

The police witnessed a woman, who was being restrained by an unknown male civilian, standing in the middle of Bay Street, screaming profanity and threats of violence in the direction of Apex Park.

The two senior constables approached the woman holding out badges and photo ID cards towards the group. They spoke with the female and male, introducing themselves as police officers.

Despite preliminary attempts to pacify the hysterical female, within seconds of their arrival to assist with the situation, both police were set upon by a group of five or six males who began questioning police involvement.

The situation was becoming volatile and police were quickly surrounded by about six males, plus the accused pair, all of whom ignored police directions to disperse.

The two accused and some of others present then assaulted the officers, who received lacerations to their heads and faces.

The two offenders ran from the scene but were arrested shortly afterwards by a police dog and handler.

One officer had to be treated at Byron Central Hospital for his injuries.

Witnesses are urged to contact Tweed Heads detectives or Crime Stoppers.


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