Brawls mar NYE celebrations

A JINDERA man needed treatment for facial injuries he received during one of two brawls that marred New Year celebrations in Albury.

A security guard was also assaulted while trying to break up a fight in Dean Street early yesterday.

Albury Inspector David Cottee said the Jindera man, 20, was taken to hospital with swelling and bleeding to his face.

He said the man would have required treatment for what was believed to have been a fractured eye socket.

Four men had approached the Jindera man in David Street just after 2am yesterday.

One is alleged to have punched him in the head, while another is alleged to have landed a kick and punch.

The four then ran off.

A short time earlier, a security guard was assaulted after he tried to intervene with two men brawling outside a Dean Street takeaway restaurant.

Two men, one 28 and the other 20, were arrested.

Neither have been charged but investigations are continuing.

Insp Cottee said the two incidents had spoiled what had otherwise been a peaceful night of celebrations.

“People were generally well behaved up until 2am,” he said.

“After that time we attended an outburst in Dean Street and a short time later a man was assaulted in David Street.”

Insp Cottee said there were no issues at any of the Albury venues hosting celebrations, including the Albury Harness Racing Club’s New Year’s Eve meet where up to 4000 people had gathered.

“Most people were out to welcome the new year in the expected spirit,” he said.

Police nabbed two drink-drivers, including a disqualified driver from East Albury.

The man, 28, was stopped in Sackville Street about 3.20am yesterday and recorded a blood alcohol reading of .010.

He will appear in Albury Court on January 21 after being charged with disqualified driving and a special range.

A Wodonga woman, 20, who held a probationary driver’s licence was also caught drink-driving.

The woman was stopped on the northbound Borella Road exit ramp about 8.30am yesterday.

She returned a reading of .045 and will appear in Albury Court on January 21 on a charge of driving with special range.

Police have asked witnesses to either of the alleged assaults to phone Albury detectives on (02) 6023 9299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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