Assaults and drunken behaviour keep police busy over weekend

Police had a very busy beginning to the month over the weekend.

Inverell Police Inspector Rowan O’Brien said there were quite a few incidents over the weekend.

“Disappointingly a number of these were young people hanging around licensed premises,” Inspector O’Brien said.

“And just some generally unruly behaviour downtown that involved violence. Quite a few people were dealt with appropriately and will be appearing before the courts.

“I’ve worked night work over the last few weekends and it seemed to me that it was quiet around the licensed premises and around town. There wasn’t any functions on that would have caused concern…it just seems to be the way that it’s gone.”

It began at 6.30am on Friday when they were called to Wattle Place to deal with a domestic dispute and police are now searching for a 32-year-old Inverell man in relation to an alleged breach of his Apprehended Violence Order (AVO).

At 10.30pm police were called to a hotel in Byron Street where a group of underage people had refused to leave the licensed premises. Police issued the group with a move on direction and shortly afterwards a 17-year-old Gum Flat youth was arrested for fail to quit licensed premises, offensive language, malicious damage, fail to comply with a police direction and intimidate police.

A 16-year-old Inverell youth was also issued with a court attendance notice for disobeying a police direction. 

The 17-year-old was refused bail and is due to appear in Inverell Children’s Court on Thursday, and the 16-year-old will appear in Inverell Children’s Court at a later date.

Police officers were threatened on Saturday when a 29-year-old woman entered Inverell Police Station with a large kitchen knife. She was subdued with a taser and was scheduled under the Mental Health Act.

At 1am on Saturday police were called to a hotel in Byron Street after an assault on a 42-year-old male by a group of men. Police are investigating the matter.

Police arrested a 32-year-old Tingha man for domestic violence offences at 2.30am, he was charged with breach AVO, breach bail, intimidation and common assault. The man was refused bail and will appear before the Inverell Local Court on Thursday.

At 1pm on Saturday police arrested two 15-year-old boys after being called to Inverell High School where they allege the two were smashing windows and roofs. 

Both will be dealt with unde the Young Offenders Act and will receive Youth Conferences at a later date.

A 24-year-old man who refused to leave an Inverell hotel when requested by staff was arrested late on Saturday night. He received an infringement notice for Failing to quit licensed premises.

Police arrested a 25-year-old Victorian woman at 4pm on Sunday for domestic violence related offences. It is alleged the woman assaulted her partner and then used a large kitchen knife to threaten him. 

The woman was charged with common assault and being armed with intent to commit a serious indictable offence. 

She was served with an AVO before being granted strict bail conditions and is due to appear in the Inverell Local Court on March 14.

Police are currently investigating an assault of a 16-year-old girl by two other teenage girls at an Inverell restaurant at 5.30 on Sunday and at 10.30pm police attended a single vehicle accident on Stannifer Road, Elsmore where a vehicle collided with a tree that had fallen directly in front of it. A woman was driving the vehicle with her six-day-old baby as a passenger. The baby was taken to Inverell Hospital for observation. 

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