100 drunks brawl in street
A FOOTBALL club is being investigated and a hotel faces licensing charges after drunken brawls broke out in Murwillumbah on the weekend.
Three storefront windows were smashed and police were threatened by a mob of up to 100 drunken youths in the town's CBD on Saturday morning.
Police said the unruly crowd congregated at the intersection of Commercial Road and Wollumbin Street about 1.30am after the licensed venues in the town closed.
The mob began fighting and turned on police when they arrived.
One officer involved said described the situation as “volatile”.
“It was a threatening situation for the first two police officers who were confronted by the mob,” the officer said.
“We are talking about a group of heavily intoxicated young people who didn't want to leave the area.”
It took eight officers from Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads and the Tweed/Byron Highway Patrol more than an hour to disperse the crowd.
Several young men were involved in the fighting and destruction of property, but the majority in the crowd were on-lookers who were calling out in encouragement.
Some were heard cheering in favour of assaulting police while others were heard yelling messages of support for the Cronulla riots.
Inspector Greg Jago, of Murwillumbah police, said no officers were hurt but several people could face charges for the property damage.
“Up to 100 young people were in the Murwillumbah CBD about 1.30am on Saturday after leaving the licensed premises,” Insp Jago said.
“Due to the number of people present, police attended to move the people on, however a number of scuffles and brawls broke out.
“There was also damage occasioned to three shopfronts, including a real estate and a bakery.”
Insp Jago said some of those involved were linked to a Murwillumbah Football Club.
“It is believed some of the persons involved were members of a local football club and liaison between police and the board of the club is hoping to identify the people responsible for the damage,” Insp Jago said.
One hotel is being investigated by licensing officers, who are determining whether the venue is in breach of its liquor licence.
Security footage from the nearby hotels is being reviewed by police, but construction for the town's CCTV system is yet to begin due to a delay in approval.