Police with sniffer dog at Tropical Fruits.
Police with sniffer dog at Tropical Fruits. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

NYE brawl puts two in hospital

A BRAWL in a Byron Bay caravan park that left two men in hospital marred what police say was a relatively quiet and well behaved New Year's Eve on the Northern Rivers.

Two 19-year-old men were struck by a bottle during a fight at the Belongil Fields caravan park at about 8.20pm on Saturday night.

One suffered a possible fracture of the cheek bone and another a deep cut to the face. According to police, the men had been involved in a fight with a group of intoxicated revellers.

Several thousand people were camped at Belongil Fields and police were called more than once throughout the evening to deal with assaults involving people affected by alcohol or drugs. No arrests have been made, however investigations are continuing.

Inspector Greg Jago of Byron Bay police said there were 12 arrests in Byron Bay, including for possession of a drug, street offences and offensive behaviour as well as three drink driving charges.

He said the main concern had been the amount of alcohol being taken into Byron Bay's parks and other alcohol prohibited areas.

No major incidents were reported at any of the region's other centres.


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