10 charged after neighbourhood dispute triggers savage street brawls

TEN people have been arrested and charged after a neighbourhood dispute escalated into a series of wild street brawls at Inverell, in northern NSW.

Police were called to bust up two brawls on Waratah Avenue on Tuesday and Sunday evening of last week.

On both occasions, officers arrived to find up to 30 people fighting in the street. Additional police resources were called in to help officers disperse the crowd.


Following investigations, 10 people have since been charged with affray and offensive behaviour.

Three men aged 29, 56 and 65 and three women aged 27, 31 and 49 were arrested on Monday, while two other men aged 18 and 22 and two women aged 26 and 28 were arrested on Tuesday.

The first group was released on condition bail to appear in Inverell Local Court on April 12, while the second will front the same court on April 19.

During their investigations, police also seized a “samurai-type sword” from a home on Waratah Avenue.

Chief Inspector Rowan O’Brien confirmed those arrested and charged are all known to each other.

“Police are working to establish the identities of other people alleged to be involved in the brawls, and further charges are possible,” Chief Insp. O’Brien said.

“We will be alleging in court that both incidents arose from a neighbourhood dispute.

“As part of these inquiries, investigators are examining digital vision of both incidents, and are speaking with a wide range of people.

“Police are also working with local stakeholders, both government and non-government.

“Furthermore, I remind the community my officers are tasked with maintaining law and order, public safety and security.

“To achieve this, police will use whatever resources are appropriate to arrest and charge those responsible for public order incidents.

Anyone with information about illegal or anti-social behaviour is urged to contact Inverell Police on (02) 6722 0599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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