At around 12:30am on Saturday 2 January 2021 a group of seven people were swimming at Bathers beach when they were confronted by a group of 10-12 people.


Some of the members of the smaller group were drying off on the sand when approached by the larger group who started to yell at them. People in the smaller group attempted to calm the larger group down and tried to leave the beach.


A man in the larger group pushed another man off a limestone wall before headbutting him in the face.


Other members of the smaller group were also assaulted by the group.


Members of the smaller group who witnessed the assault were prevented from leaving the water to help their friends or collect their belongings.


The smaller group managed to escape and sought police assistance. As a result of the assault injuries were sustained and multiple phones and personal items were stolen.


Police have released a CCTV image of a man who they believe may be able to assist them with their investigation.


The man is described as: tanned skin, large build, approximately 25-35 years old, with short black hair and a moustache. He has tattoos on both forearms and across his chest. He wore a red jumper, black jeans and black shoes.


If you have any information about the identity of this man or details of this offence please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at You can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are available once charges are laid.   Please quote Reference Number 9957

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