Byron laments another weekend of alcohol-induced crime
POLICE have spent another weekend dealing with the fallout from alcohol-related crime in Byron Bay, issuing 21 move-on orders and seven criminal infringement notices plus alcohol-fuelled assaults.
About 12.15am yesterday, a 24-year-old man was found on Jonson Street with injuries to his face following an assault.
However, the man would not provide any information to police about what had happened and officers were unable to take further action.
In another incident, late Sunday night a group of 10-15 youths were seen damaging a public toilet block in Apex Park.
Three people were also fined for re-entering or remaining in the vicinity of licensed premises after being told to leave. In the worst case, security officers had to physically remove a 20-year-old man from a hotel on Jonson Street just after 1am on Saturday.
The offender was issued with a Criminal Infringement Notice.
Then at 11pm on Sunday, a 30-year-old man was allegedly asked to leave a pub on Johnson Street by security three times, before being physically removed and issued with a Criminal Infringement Notice.
Detective Superintendent Stuart Wilkins from Tweed Byron LAC said people needed to take responsibility for their drinking.
"Firstly, people should plan ahead how they will get to and from licensed venues," he said.
"Police do their bit every weekend but the reality is that there are too many people drinking too much. They are not taking responsibility for their actions and they are getting blind drunk."
"People should be able to go out and have a good time and not be accosted by drunks."
"It's sad, but it's simple: as long as people continue to drink to excess, emergency services and medical professionals will be left to clean up the mess."
Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page at www1.police.nsw.gov.au