NOOSA NIGHTLIFE: Brian Hayes whose son was king hit in Hastings St Noosa before Christmas, wants alert people to the dangers of alcohol and drug-fuelled violence.
NOOSA NIGHTLIFE: Brian Hayes whose son was king hit in Hastings St Noosa before Christmas, wants alert people to the dangers of alcohol and drug-fuelled violence. Geoff Potter

‘Tanked, drugged and after a fight’

EVERY day, Brian Hayes counts his blessings to still have his son alive.

In the early hours of December 22, Mr Hayes's 23-year-old son was in the car park on Hastings St, beside the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, when he was assaulted.

"He doesn't remember an awful lot," Mr Hayes said.

"He recalls being outside, in the car park, on the beach side and about to go to the toilet, when three guys fronted him and accused him of abusing them or being in an altercation earlier, which was not the case.

"While they were arguing, one of them snuck around and hit him from behind.

"Luckily, it was just the one punch and they ran off. He was lucky they didn't carry it on."

Mr Hayes's son walked away, nursing a fractured jaw and bruised ego.

Noosa Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Steve McReight said the number of assaults in Hastings St had dropped in the past five to 10 years.

"I don't think it is bad," he said.

"Assaults are trending downwards, but public nuisance arrests are slightly increasing.

"We've been very proactive ... obviously, there is work out there for us. People are being silly.

"But am I seeing a massive rise or increase in assaults and unruliness in the Hastings St precinct? No, I'm not.

"I know some people don't report the crime, but if they don't report it, I can't help."

Mr Hayes was "absolutely shocked" to hear of his son's incident and even more surprised to find out it wasn't isolated.

"You hear about it, but never expect it to happen to you," he said.

"It's amazing, the number of people who have called me about other incidents.

"The last thing I want to do is give Hastings a bad wrap, but something has got to be done to curtail it.

"These venues need to be more proactive, more diligent, in picking people who look like they could cause trouble. A lot of the ones that come into Hastings St, or wherever it be, are tanked and drugged and looking for a fight."



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