Man flown to Sydney after brawl

A MAN remains seriously ill in a Sydney hospital after an Anzac Day dust-up in Coffs Harbour.

Police said the Coffs Harbour 38-year-old and another man were arguing in the Hoey Moey beer garden and were asked to leave by security about 9.45pm.

As they left through the beer garden’s western exit, police said, the 38-year-old was allegedly punched in the face and fell heavily to the ground, striking the back of his head and knocking him unconscious.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene and the other man ran away.

The 38-year-old was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus with what were initially thought to be minor injuries.

His condition deteriorated during the night, however, and he was airlifted early yesterday to Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery on a brain bleed.

His condition yesterday afternoon was reported to be serious but stable.

Police were yesterday continuing their inquiries into the incident.

While no-one has yet been arrested, police are working on strong leads.

Elsewhere on Anzac Day, police stepped in to break up a fight between two men near the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Coff Street at 9.45pm.

Police said one man fell to the ground when he was punched in the face. The 45-year-old who allegedly struck him continued punching him and bystanders tried to intervene.

Police are continuing their inquiries.

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