Two go to hospital after police act on Byron Bay "hoodlums"

RESPONDING to a call to deal with "hoodlums" at Byron Bay resulted in a police officer and a 41-year-old man being assaulted and taken to hospital.

In a statement, NSW Police Media says officers were sent to the tourist information centre on Jonson Street about 2.50pm yesterday following reports of hoodlums in the area.

Arriving at the scene, police ordered a 41-year-old man to move on. However, when the man walked into nearby Railway Park he was attacked by another man and hit in the face.

Police tried to arrest the 41-year-old's alleged assailant, a 42-year-old man, but in the process were themselves assaulted "a number of times".

The 41-year-old was taken to Byron Bay hospital with an injured nose and mouth while a police senior constable had to be treated for a hand injury.

The 42-year-old, once restrained and delivered to Byron Bay Police Station, was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of assault police, resist arrest, and affray.

Police are appealing for witnesses to either incident to come forward. Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or go to the Crime Stoppers website if you are able to provide information on the incident.


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