More arrests follow riot

23rd February
A 14-YEAR-OLD girl is one of the latest to be charged following the Valentine’s Day riot in Yamba that left two police officers injured and a police vehicle worth an estimated $130,000 destroyed.

She was refused bail when she made a brief appearance in the Children’s Court in Grafton yesterday charged with riot-related offences including malicious damage by fire, incite to assault police, riot and destroy or damage property. She is due to appear in court again on March 29.

The Yamba teen was one of three riot-related arrests over the weekend.

Matthew John Newell, 18, of Redfern, was also arrested in relation to the February 14 incident and charged with riot, damage property, and intimidation of police. He was also charged with custody of knife in a public place.

He was refused bail to appear in court May 3.

And a 21-year-old man was charged with breaching riot-related bail.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Cameron Lindsay said the arrests were part of a number in Yamba over the weekend as part of a high-visibility policing operation code named Vikings.

He said that on Friday night two people were arrested in relation to the riot, but there was also a person charged with drink driving, another with special range drink driving and a third with assault.

“We plan to continue this high-visibility policing in Yamba for some time,” Insp Lindsay said.

The charges stem from a wild night in Yamba late on February 13 and early February 14.

It’s alleged that when police went to issue a noise abatement notice, their police vehicle was pelted with rocks, bottles and pavers. Fifteen people were arrested on the night, with 13 charged.

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