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A man wanted by Strike Force Raptor has been arrested by officers from Tweed/Byron Police District.

In June 2018, police from the Criminal Groups Squad’s Strike Force Raptor applied for and were granted two warrants for the arrest of a 22-year-old Illawarra man in relation to firearms and drug offences.

Police conducted extensive inquiries and searches for the man, but he could not be located.

Early on Wednesday, 25 July, detectives from Tweed/Byron Police District received information the man may have been in the Byron Bay area.

Following further inquiries, police located the man walking through a park on Bay Street, Byron Bay, about 11.30am.

As the officers approached the man, he attempted to flee the scene. He was pursued by police on foot and arrested following a short struggle.

A male Senior Constable was injured during the arrest and taken to Byron Bay Hospital for treatment to a knee injury.

During a subsequent search of the man, police located a large knife.

The man was taken to Byron Bay Police Station and charged with the outstanding warrants and custody of knife in public place, resist arrest, and breach of bail.

He was refused bail to appear at Byron Bay Local Court today, Thursday 26 July.

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