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Shortly after 8pm on Tuesday night, a 25 year old female employee was working inside a licensed club on Marvell Street, Byron Bay, when three men entered the club and approached her behind the bar.

One of the men threatened the woman with a machete while all three demanded cash. They took a sum of cash before fleeing the scene.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Police District attended a short time later and established a crime scene.

The first man is described as being between 190cm to 195cm tall, of athletic build and wearing dark clothing. The second man is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander in appearance, between 175cm to 180cm tall and armed with a machete. The third man is described as being between 175cm and 180cm tall and wearing dark clothing.

All three men had their faces covered.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the nearby vicinity or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to contact Byron Bay Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Lismore

A man has been charged following an alleged armed robbery in Lismore earlier this week.

Shortly before 5pm on Monday, a man armed with a knife entered the BP service station on Dawson Street, Lismore, and allegedly threatened a 53-year-old male attendant. The man demanded cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene on foot.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District established a crime scene and commenced an investigation into the incident.

Following inquiries, yesterday morning a 22 year old man attended Lismore Police Station, where he was arrested.

He was charged with robbery armed with an offensive weapon and was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court yesterday.


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