Officer injured in Yamba brawl
A FEMALE police officer suffered head injuries after allegedly being hit in the head with a bottle during a wild night in Yamba on Friday.
Police allege the incident occurred just after 11pm at Flinders Park in an alcohol free area near the top of Coldstream Street.
Police said two officers went to speak to a group of about 30 people who were allegedly consuming alcohol in the alcohol-free zone.
The officers had asked the drinkers to ‘move on’ and dispose of any alcohol that had been opened.
Police allege officers were pelted with bottles as they attempted to break up the group and, as a result, one officer was hit in the head with a bottle and received minor injuries.
Two Aboriginal women – one a juvenile and another aged about 21 – were taken into custody and were refused bail when they appeared in a bail court hearing on Saturday morning.
A third woman was arrested on Saturday morning and is also expected to appear in court today.
Witnesses described the brawl and the preceding noisy gathering as ‘horrendous’.
One neighbour, who called the police several times throughout the night, said the group of about 30 people, including many Aboriginal and Caucasian women, were very aggressive.
“They came past here walking in the middle of the road and were saying things about burning down houses,” said the witness, who did not want to be named.
“Just the screaming and the noise ... I’ve never seen anything like it.
“It’s the worst I’ve seen in my 16 years here.”
The resident said alcohol was not the only problem on Friday night.
“It was behavioural problems ... they were just appalling,” the resident said.
“I don’t know how the police around here cope – we definitely need more police numbers, but the ones that are here do a wonderful job.”
Police praised the efforts of security officers from the nearby Pacific Hotel for coming to their assistance. They said there had been ongoing attempts to curb drinking in the park area.