Police make arrest in bashing case

POLICE have made a major breakthrough with their investigation into the bashing of well-known Sawtell local Gary Vigors.

Late on Monday detectives arrested a Coffs Harbour man, 19, and interviewed him at Coffs Harbour Police Station.

He was subsequently charged with recklessly causing grievous bodily harm in company. He was conditionally bailed to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on Sept. 15.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the arrest was a result of valuable information provided by members of the public, in response to The Coffs Coast Advocate's front page story detailing the attack on Mr Vigors by a group of five young men.

He was left with a broken nose, two black eyes, cuts to his forehead, a swollen left wrist, and needed stitches in the back of his head and his left hand.

“Our investigations are continuing, and police are confident of making more arrests. We have strong lines of inquiry,” Mr Lindsay said.

“Police are aware that the assault has been of major concern to the local community of Sawtell. We want to reassure people that police are giving this investigation significant priority.

“If people have information about the incident, and haven't already come forward, we urge them to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299.”

Police allege Mr Vigors was set on by the group in Sawtell's Elizabeth Street about 12.45am on Friday.

Investigators believe the alleged assailants may have been drinking in the Sawtell area in the hours leading up to the assault.

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