Wodonga man, 18, slashed dancing at pub

The incident happened at The Bended Elbow.
The incident happened at The Bended Elbow.

A WODONGA man, 18, was left with blood gushing from his face after he was struck with a champagne glass on an Albury pub’s dance floor.

Police closed The Bended Elbow soon after 1am on Saturday, before arresting a Sydney woman, 22, and taking her to the police station.

She was later released, pending further investigations.

Albury Inspector Lynelle Rodwell said the man was left bleeding from an eye and cheek.

“They were dancing near each other,” she said. “It appears to be an unprovoked attack.”

“It’s just not necessary. People need to be accountable for their behaviour and it won’t be tolerated.”

Insp Rodwell said CCTV footage from the Dean Street venue had been obtained to help in the investigation.

The pub’s owner, Gavin Grant, said he was disappointed the glassing had occurred in his establishment.

“It was lucky for him he came out OK,” he said.

“It’s very rare that we have these kinds of incidents.”

Mr Grant said the incident had upset staff who had lost income with the pub forced to shut before its usual 2.30am closing time.

He said glasses were not normally used on a Friday night, but that there had been an exception with champagne as women didn’t like drinking out of plastic.

“The percentage of women doing these kinds of things is very low,” he said.

“The full force of the law needs to be used.

“It should never be tolerated.”

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated the man at the scene before taking him to Albury hospital.

Police have urged urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.