More arrests made over Yamba riot
THREE more people including a teenage girl have been arrested over the Valentine's Day riot in Yamba, which saw police officers pelted with bricks and a paddy wagon set on fire.
Coffs Clarence detectives yesterday revealed they have charged a 14-year-old girl and two males aged 18 and 21, following the arrest of 15 people who appeared in court last week over the incident.
Crime Manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the arrests were made over the weekend, coinciding with a highly visible police operation in Yamba and Maclean.
“As a result of the operation, an 18-year-old male from Redfern was arrested and charged with riot, damage property, and intimidation of police and he was also charged with custody of knife in a public place,” said Inspt. Lindsay.
“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.”
Police were pelted with bricks and rocks after responding to a noise complaint at a Deering Street industrial complex at about 2.30am.
Partygoers allegedly smashed the windows and dented the panels of two police patrol cars before torching one of the vehicles.
Officers retreated from the scene to avoid serious injury and called for back-up.