SIX men and a teenager have been charged following investigations into an alleged aggravated break-in near Grafton.
About 5.30pm on Friday, six men and a teenage boy allegedly broke into a rural property on the Clarence Wy at Whiteman Creek.
A 55-year-old male resident was allegedly assaulted and suffered bruising and lacerations to his face, legs and back of his head, before the group left in two vehicles.
The man attended Grafton Hospital for treatment of his injuries and reported the incident to police the following day.
Police from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command commenced investigations into the incident.
About 10.30am on Monday, police attended a home at Fortis Creek and arrested a 19-year-old man.
Following a search of the premises, officers allegedly located a hidden .22 calibre rifle, ammunition and several cannabis plants and seeds.
The 19-year-old man was taken to Grafton Police Station and charged with aggravated break and enter with intent in company, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and firearms offences.
He was refused bail and appeared before Grafton Local Court yesterday, where he was granted conditional bail.
Two men and a teenage boy - aged 18, 21 and 15 - were also arrested at Grafton Police Station on Monday.
The 18-year-old man was charged with aggravated break and enter with intent in company, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and common assault and a 21-year-old man was charged with common assault.
A 15-year-old boy was interviewed by police and released pending further inquiries.
About 2pm yesterday, the 15-year-old returned to Grafton Police Station where he was arrested and charged with four offences:
- Aggravated enter dwelling with intent and inflict actual bodily harm;
- Never licensed person drive vehicle on road;
- Use uninsured motor vehicle; and
- Use unregistered motor vehicle.
Following further inquiries yesterday, police attended two homes in Geregarow Rd, Shannondale and arrested two 21-year-old men and a 19-year-old man.
All were taken to Grafton Police Station and charged with aggravated enter dwelling with intent in company.
All of the men are expected to appear before Grafton Local Court on April 4, with the 15-year-old expected to appear in children's court on the same day.
Inquiries into the incident are continuing and further charges are expected.