Owner of West Yamba Automotive, Warren Olieric, stands outside his building.
Owner of West Yamba Automotive, Warren Olieric, stands outside his building. Debrah Novak.

Madness at West Yamba

SIRENS, flashing lights, people screaming and riot police were the last thing owner of West Yamba Automotive, Warren Olieric, expected to see when he responded to a phone alarm from his business at 3.10am yesterday.

When he turned the corner into Fairtrader Drive, Mr Olieric passed a number of riot police getting into their gear and preparing to storm the premises that were alongside his business.

“I was stopped about 100 metres away from the rear of my premises by firemen and police and it was after I convinced them I was one of the owners I was allowed through to check things out,” he said.

“Two cars were alight and I could see my building was safe, however, the crowd was out of control.

“Police kept calling for back-up, with the riot squad finally on the scene around 4am.

“It was definitely an out-of-control party that had gone terribly, terribly wrong.

“I am so devastated this has happened outside my build-ing.

“It shouldn’t have happened here and it should definitely not have happened here in Yamba, it is unbelievable this has happened.”



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