Four men will reappear in court today charged over a violent attack on police during an out-of-control party at a Yamba.
Police from Yamba and Iluka were pelted with bricks and rocks after responding to a noise complaint in Fairtrader Drive about 2.30am on Sunday (14 February).
A group of partygoers smashed the windows and dented the panels of two police patrol cars before setting one of the vehicles alight.
To avoid injury, the officers retreated and called for urgent assistance. Additional police resources from across Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command were deployed to the scene.
Two police officers sustained injuries in the incident, while the total damage to the two police vehicles is estimated at $50,000.
Thirteen people, including the owner of the complex and his wife, were arrested by police – a number at the scene, others at nearby residences. All of them have since been charged with serious offences.
A 50-year-old Yamba man, 22-year-old Maclean man, 20-year-old Yamba man and an 18-year-old Yamba man were charged with riot and malicious damage by fire and – after appearing in Grafton Bail Court yesterday – were remanded in custody to appear in Grafton Local Court today.
A 21-year-old Wooloweyah man, two 19-year-old Yamba men, an 18-year-old Woombah man, a 17-year-old Yamba boy, 17-year-old Woolgoolga girl, two 16-year-old Yamba girls and a 16-year-old Maclean girl have each been charged with riot and malicious damage offences and conditionally bailed to appear in Maclean Local and Children’s Courts on Tuesday 13 April 2010.
Inquiries are continuing and police are not ruling out laying further charges over the violent incident.