Witnesses to an assault at the Army vs Magpies match at Bellingen’s Graveyard ground on Saturday evening are being sought.
Witnesses to an assault at the Army vs Magpies match at Bellingen’s Graveyard ground on Saturday evening are being sought.

Shine light on assault at league

RUGBY league fans who attended Saturday night’s match at Bellingen have been called to help police solve a vicious assault.

A 33-year-old man from Orange was found lying in a pool of blood on the field roughly an hour after the game finished.

It’s believed he was king hit as members of the crowd milled onto the ground after the full-time siren had blown and players had left the field.

The man told police he was heavily intoxicated and cannot remember what happened.

Coffs Clarence Supervisor Sergeant Lee Thomas yesterday urged members of the crowd, who might have witnessed a fight to come forward.

“It appears he may have been king hit or involved in a fight, that’s all we know at this stage,” Sgt Thomas said.

“You would think with so many people on the ground at the time, someone must have seen something, so we are appealing to the public to help us find out what happened,” he said.

Ambulance crews took the man to Coffs Harbour Hospital where he was treated for deep cuts and bruising to his face.

The man has since been transferred to Sydney for specialist treatment to a severe cut above his right eye.

The incident was a small blight on the annual memorial match played between the Bellingen Magpies and the Australian Army.

Police were called to the ground at 8.35pm.

Members of the crowd, who were interviewed, were unable to shed any light on the incident.



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