Teens bashed at Tweed

By SAMANTHA HEALY

WHAT started out as a few social drinks at a Tweed Heads lookout turned into a nightmare for two young people on Friday night after they were viciously assaulted by three teens.

A man was bashed and stabbed by one offender and a woman was also assaulted after the two were %confronted by the three youths.

It is understood the victims, also believed to be teens, had gone up to Razorback Mountain lookout at Tweed Heads for a few drinks when an argument with another group of youths erupted, leading to the %assault about 9.30pm.

Sergeant Brad Lewis of Tweed Heads Police said the victims had gone to use the public toilets when they were confronted by two young men and one young woman.

"They were both assaulted and then, during the assault, it is alleged one of the men produced a knife and stabbed the victim in the abdomen," Sgt Lewis said.

The two frightened victims then fled to the nearby Tweed Heads police station for help, before making their way to The Tweed Hospital.

An ambulance was called but the bruised and battered duo decided to make their own way to the hospital for treatment. It is understood the woman was not treated, but the man, who had lacerations, received attention and was released.

On Saturday, police arrested and charged two young men, aged 15 and 17, and a 17-year-old woman.

The 17-year-old Tweed Heads man was charged with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. He was refused bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Children's Court today.

A 15-year-old Tweed Heads teen was charged with maliciously inflicting grevious bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, affray, larceny and using intimidation to influence another person. He was given conditional bail and will appear in Tweed Heads Children's Court on October 2.

Late yesterday, the 17-year-old female offender was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray. She was given conditional bail and also will appear in Tweed Heads Children's Court on October 2.

Friday night's stabbing comes just one week after an illegal rave party at Kingscliff thrust youth drinking and anti-social behaviour back into the media spotlight.

Last week, the Daily News organised a youth forum, inviting several teens from across the Tweed shire. The high school students said it was time the Tweed organised a youth taskforce to tackle the major issues of local youth.



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