Grafton police have arrested and charged seven people after a number of altercations in South Grafton over the weekend that resulted in a number of people requiring hospitalisation.

About 4pm on Sunday an altercation allegedly occurred between eight women at a licensed premises in South Grafton. As a result a 22-year-old woman received a possible fractured back and a 38-year-old woman received a broken nose.

About 6pm that afternoon a number of people attended a residence in Robina Way at South Grafton where police will allege a violent altercation took place between a large crowd, resulting in some minor injuries and damage to house windows.

Police attended, however, the crowd dispersed prior to their arrival.

About 6.45pm last night police attended a home in Blanch Parade at South Grafton and arrested three men and one woman in relation to the alleged affray at Robina Way.

As a result a 44-year-old man was charged with affray and breach of AVO. He was bail refused to appear at Grafton Local Court today.

A 23-year-old man was charged with affray, assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breach of bail. He was bail refused to appear at Grafton Local Court today.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested and charged with affray, assault and breach of bail. He was bail refused to appear at Grafton children’s Court today.

A 38-year-old woman was charged with affray. She was given strict conditional bail to appear at Grafton Local Court on 6 April 2009.

About 8pm police returned to Robina Way and arrested three females. Police will allege that these women were involved in the altercation at the licensed premises earlier in the day.

The three were charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company and affray. All have been granted conditional bail to appear at Grafton Local court on 6 April.

Chief Inspector Shane Cribb, Duty Officer at Coffs Clarence Local Area Command, said: “Police will not tolerate this type of behaviour and people breaching Apprehended Violence Orders or committing criminal offences will be arrested and placed before the courts.”

Investigations into the two incidents continue and further arrests have not been ruled out.