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Police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the assault of an Afghanistan veteran at the Nimbin war memorial on Anzac Day.

About 8pm, three men confronted a 32-year-old man while he was paying his respects at the Cenotaph in Allsop Park.

Police allege the trio assaulted the veteran, causing him to fall to the ground and lose consciousness.

Emergency services took the injured man to Nimbin Hospital. He was later transferred to Lismore Base Hospital with multiple facial fractures.

Just before 3pm on Friday (May 4), police attempted to speak to a 31-year-old man in Cullen Street, Nimbin.

As they attempted to arrest and search the man, police allege he resisted and struck out at them.

After he was arrested, police allegedly seized drugs, believed to be methamphetamine and cannabis, an electronic weapon, ammunition and air riffle pellets.

He was taken to Nimbin Police Station where he was charged with aggravated robbery with wounding/grievous bodily harm, assaulting a police officer in execution of duty causing actual bodily harm, resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of duty, possessing a prohibited drug, possessing ammunition without holding licence/permit, possessing or using a prohibited weapon without permission and goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

The man, from Goonellabah, is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday (May 7).

Just after 9am on Saturday (May 5), investigators attended a home on Cullen Street, Nimbin, where they arrested a 35-year-old man.

He was taken to Nimbin Police Station where he was charged with aggravated robbery with wounding/grievous bodily harm.

The man was refused bail to appear at Lismore Bail Court on Sunday (May 6).

Inquiries into the incident continue.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

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