More violence on Byron streets

Local youth worker Nicqui Yazdi was astounded by drunken youths fighting with tourists on Byron Bay streets and parks.
Local youth worker Nicqui Yazdi was astounded by drunken youths fighting with tourists on Byron Bay streets and parks. Northern Star/Kate O'Neill
HUGE numbers of young local people, some as young as 12, are getting drunk and fighting in Byron Bay’s streets and parks after dark.

That’s according to local youth worker Nicqui Yazdi, who says Apex Park last Friday night was full of local youth who were flouting the alcohol ban and in some cases, becoming violent.

“I was astounded by what I saw,” Ms Yazdi said.

“The park was full of young kids, some as young as 12, most of whom were consuming alcohol.
“A number of fights broke out, one in particular between a group of overseas backpackers and local youth who had stolen the tourists’ alcohol.

Ms Yazdi’s comments follow a recent series of disturbing reports about alcohol-related crime in Byron Bay, including a bashing outside a pub in Jonson St.

Pottsville resident Dallas Arnold, 31, remains in a serious condition in the Gold Coast Hospital with head injuries following the alleged assault last Saturday night.

An Ocean Shores man is in custody, charged with his attempted murder.

Ms Yazdi says public drinking is rife in Byron Bay, despite the alcohol ban in the CBD. She has arranged to meet with the Tweed-Byron Police licensing sergeant to discuss the street drinking problem. But Ms Yazdi says greater policing is only part of the solution.

“We need the parents of these young kids to stand up and take responsibility for their children and to teach them some responsibility of their own.

“As a parent, I know it can be hard to know where your child is at all times and what they are doing, but 12 year olds?

“These kids should be at home, or at least at someone’s home, and not on the streets. “Last Saturday there was an alleged attempted murder right in our main street – don’t let you child become a statistic,” she said.

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