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Second man has been charged over an alleged affray in Moruya

A second man has been charged over an alleged affray in Moruya at the weekend. About 8pm on Friday 4 December 2020, police were called to a home on Evans Street, Moruya, following reports a man was attempting to break into a home. Officers from South Coast Police District attended and attempted to arrest a 33-year-old man on Woodbridge Avenue; however, it’s alleged a group of men hindered the officers, with one deliberately coughing at police. As police attempted to arrest the second man, it’s further alleged they were surrounded by approximately 20 people who were acting aggressively, before oleoresin capsicum spray was deployed. The two men police were attempting to arrest fled the scene, before one returned to the scene a short time later and handed himself over to police. The 33-year-old man was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station and charged with resist officer in execution of duty, wilfully obstruct officer in execution of duty, escape police custody, not comply noticed direction re spitting/coughing (COVID-19), and assault officer in execution of duty. He was granted conditional bail to appear in Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday 11 January 2021. Following further inquiries, a second 33-year-old man was arrested at a home in Braidwood about 2.20pm yesterday (Wednesday 9 December 2020). He was taken to Batemans Bay Police Station and charged with intimidate police officer during civil disorder incident, two counts of wilfully obstruct police officer, breach Apprehended Violence Order and malicious damage (DV). The man was refused bail to appear in Batemans Bay Local Court today (Thursday 10 December 2020). Inquiries are continuing.

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