Horror day for cops

A TEENAGE boy suffered a suspected broken jaw after having his head stomped by two youths.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with assault over the incident, which was just one of 22 criminal charges laid on Wednesday.

Tweed Heads Police Inspector Greg Carey said Australia Day has overtaken New Year’s Eve as their busiest day of the year.

“They’re just out of control some of these kids, and they’re driving the community insane,” Insp Carey said.

Police estimate more than 5000 people gathered during the day at John Follent Park, off Keith Compton Drive in Tweed Heads.

“Once again we were concerned by the number of alcohol-related incidents involving young people,” Insp Carey said.

“Of most concern was the southern end of the park where a large number of people gathered.

“We had significant police resources deployed there.”

Insp Carey said police were appealing for information to identify the second offender in the day’s most serious assault.

“One example of the isolated unruly behaviour was at John Follent Park at 5.50pm last (Wednesday) night,” he said.

“Tweed Heads police were patrolling that area and allege they observed two male persons standing over another male person who was lying on the ground.

“The first offender was allegedly seen punching and kicking the person on the ground.

“The second standing offender was seen to stomp the person on the head.

“Police rapidly intervened and arrested a 16-year-old male, who police will allege violently resisted arrest.”

The second offender ran from the scene.

“The victim, a 17-year-old male, was conveyed by ambulance to the Tweed Hospital for treatment. Last we heard he was stable and suffering a possible fractured jaw,” he said.

“The arresting police suffered minor injuries.”

Insp Carey said the 16-year-old offender was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, affray and resisting arrest, and was granted conditional bail. Despite this incident, Insp Carey praised most revellers.

“Generally speaking the command is happy with the behaviour of the vast majority of people. A very small minority spoilt it,” he said.

In the Tweed Byron command 22 criminal charges were laid as a result of Operation Vine.

Arrests included assault, a robbery, thefts, offensive language and affray.

Police conducted 220 random breath tests and found seven drink-drivers including three boat drivers caught by water police. All available police were on duty on Wednesday.

“It is the busiest day of the year and we believe it’s becoming even busier than New Year’s Eve,” Insp Carey said.

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