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Man receives 20 stitches

A MAN has been left with 20 stitches and a broken nose after he was allegedly glassed at the Kings- cliff Beach Hotel on Saturday night.

Ambulance paramedics were called to the hotel in Marine Parade after the 25-year-old Kingscliff man allegedly got into a fight with a Sydney man about 7pm.

Police said the Kingscliff man was taken to The Tweed Hospital for treatment after the alleged glassing, which left him with in- juries to his face and ear.

His alleged attacker, a 25-year-old from Sydney, has been assisting officers with their enquiries.

Inspector Jim Kain of Tweed/Byron Police said several punches were thrown during the incident, and that the victim was not known to his alleged attacker.

“An argument started between two men,” Insp Kain said.

“As a result of that, a number of punches were allegedly thrown.

“A 25-year-old Kingscliff man suffered a laceration to the ear and facial injuries, allegedly from a glass. He was conveyed to The Tweed Hospital for treatment.”

Insp Kain said he was not sure how the argument between the two men started.

The accused was not injured and no one else was involved in the fight, he said.

Kingscliff ambulance para- medic Syd Francis said ambulance crews arrived at the scene just before 7.30pm.

“A 25-year-old male was hit to the side of the head and received a laceration to the ear,” Mr Francis said.

“He was walking around when they got there, and it is understood he also had a busted nose.

“He was taken to The Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.”

A hospital spokesman yesterday confirmed that the man had attended the emergency department where he was treated and released about three hours later.

Richard Adams, managing director of Taphouse Hotel Group which runs the Kingscliff Beach Hotel, the Chinderah Tavern and the Coolangatta Sands Hotel said there was an “incident” in the hotel's gaming room at 7.01pm involving some “local young people and an out-of-town person”.

He would neither confirm nor deny that the incident was a glassing, but said any incidents at the hotels were taken seriously.

“I take every single incident seriously and treat it with the utmost importance,” Mr Adams said.

“We endeavour to continue to provide a safe environment (for patrons) and practise harm minimisation throughout the group.”

He would not comment on whether Saturday's incident would lead to the use of plastic cups instead of glasses at the Kingscliff Beach Hotel.

Insp Kain said no charges had been laid yesterday, but that investigations were continuing.

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