Police have laid further charges in relation to a violent attack on officers during an out-of-control party at Yamba on Valentine’s Day.
Police from Yamba and Iluka were pelted with bricks and rocks after responding to a noise complaint at a Deering Street industrial complex about 2.30am on Sunday (14 February 2010).
Partygoers allegedly smashed the windows and dented the panels of two police patrol cars before setting one of the vehicles alight.
Officers retreated from the scene to avoid serious injury and called for urgent assistance, resulting in the deployment of additional police resources from across Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command.
Two police officers sustained injuries in the incident and two police vehicles were damaged.
Fifteen people, including the owner of the complex and his wife, were arrested by police and a total of 13 people charged with serious offences.
On Friday and Saturday (19-20 February 2010), officers attached to Coffs/Clarence LAC conducted a high visibility Vikings operation within the townships of Yamba and Maclean.
As a result of the operation, an 18-year-old male from Redfern was arrested in relation to the 14 February incident and charged with riot, damage property and intimidation of police. He was also charged with custody of knife in public place.
A 14-year-old girl was arrested and charged with riot-related offences including malicious damage by fire, while a 21-year-old male was charged with breaching riot-related bail.
A number of bail compliance checks were also conducted on persons charged in relation to the riot.
Investigations are continuing into the Valentine’s Day incident, and officers attached to Coffs/Clarence LAC will continue to conduct high visibility policing strategies in the coming weeks.