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Bellambi brawl

police 2ONE man has been stabbed and another was reportedly burnt with a petrol bomb during a large brawl at Bellambi on Saturday night.

About 10pm, police went to Rothery Street, to move on a number of intoxicated people from a nearby party in Riordan Place. While police moved the crowd on, rocks and bottles were thrown at their vehicles. No police were injured.

Once the crowd dispersed, police left, before being called back about 11.45pm after reports of about 100 people fighting and throwing petrol bombs. Again, the crowd were moved on, and police found a 19-year-old man had suffered a non-life threatening stab wound to the stomach. He was taken to Wollongong Hospital for treatment.

Police were also told a man suffered burns from a petrol bomb; however, they were unable to find the man, and no one has yet fronted hospital with burns. Police are appealing for this man to come forward, as well as anyone with information about how the two men came to be injured.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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