Two suffer brain injuries

TWO men are in hospital with suspected brain injuries following two separate incidents early yesterday morning.

Coolangatta Police Duty Sergeant Billy Kaz said one man was the victim of a violent assault which occurred about 2.40am in front of the Coolangatta Sands Hotel.

“Police deployed all resources to adequately deal with the matter,” he said.

Sgt Kaz said the criminal investigation branch was looking into the assault further, and eight witness statements were taken.

A block away, on the corner of Warner and Griffith streets, about 2.20am a man was struck by a car.

“The driver stopped at the scene and provided a breath sample which proved to be under,” Sgt Kaz said.

“Police aren’t expecting to lay any further charges.”

At 6pm yesterday Sgt Kaz said both men remained in The Tweed Hospital in a stable condition and were awaiting results of CT scans.

Sgt Kaz said that overnight on New Year’s Eve 17 people had been arrested for public order offences and offences against persons, and 12 people were given liquor offence notices.

“Overall the night was a reasonable night and the behaviour of patrons and New Year’s Eve revellers was commendable,” he said.

Across the border, Tweed Heads Police reported a quiet night.

“It was reasonable, certainly no major incidents,” Sergeant Brad Lewis said.

“A couple of people were charged with PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) offences.”

Sgt Lewis said the most the drama for the local area command was in Byron Bay.

Gold Coast police reported about 45,000 people celebrated the New Year’s Eve at Surfers Paradise, and in the South Eastern Region 208 people were arrested and charged for various offences.

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