Men charged after war veteran 'bashed at Anzac Day memorial'

Police have arrested and charged two people after an Afghanistan war veteran was allegedly assaulted and robbed as he paid his respects on Anzac Day last month.

Police alleged that the veteran stopped at the Cenotaph in a park at Nimbin, NSW, when he was approached by three men, about 8pm on Wednesday 25 April.

One of the men allegedly punched the 32-year-old man in the head, knocking him unconscious, before taking his personal property.

He was taken to Nimbin Hospital, before being transferred to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment to facial fractures.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Police say the veteran was paying his respects at the Nimbin cenotaph when he was allegedly attacked. Source: Getty

“Just before 3pm on Friday 4 May 2018, police attempted to speak to a 31-year-old man in Cullen Street. As police attempted to arrest and search the man, he allegedly resisted and struck out at police,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“After he was arrested, police allegedly located and seized drugs, believed to be methamphetamine and cannabis, an electronic weapon, ammunition and air riffle pellets.”

He was taken to Nimbin Police Station where he was charged with aggravated robbery with wounding/grievous bodily harm, assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, two counts of resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, two counts of possess prohibited drug, possess ammunition without holding licence/permit, possess or use prohibited weapon without permission and goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

He is due to appear at Lismore Local Court on Monday 7 May 2018.

Just after 9am Saturday, investigators attended a home on Cullen Street at Nimbin where they also arrested a 35-year-old man.

He was refused bail and appeared at Lismore Bail Court on Sunday afternoon.