UPDATE 3PM: Tweed police are appealing for witnesses to yesterday's brawl and stabbings at Murwillumbah's Knox Park.

Investigators particularly want to speak to anyone who has mobile phone footage.

Officers will set up a police bus at the park from 9am on Thursday and witnesses are invited to visit.

Otherwise call Tweed Heads police on 07 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE 12pm: THE 22-year-old charged with murder after allegedly going on a wild stabbing rampage at a Murwillumbah park yesterday has been remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Lismore Local Court on June 27.  

James Paul Alderton, the man allegedly at the centre of Tuesday's wild brawl, appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court earlier today and seemed on edge as he sat in the dock in a blue forensic jumpsuit.   

Throughout his brief appearance, Alderton fidgeted and repeatedly looked around the room.   

The 22-year old, who has a heavily-tattooed face and neck, had less than 24-hours earlier been charged with murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and larceny, following a wild brawl at Knox Park.  

The incident claimed the life of a 46-year-old father, believed to be local Charlie Larter, who was reportedly stabbed while trying to protect his son, Zack, 18, around 12.30pm.  

A third man, 29, who is a friend of the family, also suffered cuts but has since been released from hospital.    Alderton was on parole at the time of the stabbing, police have since confirmed.   

Outside the court, Richmond MP Justine Elliot praised local police who led the response, saying it was "a very difficult time for them".  

"Obviously, it's concerning," she said. "We will wait the outcome of the final police investigation, (but) can I say more generally, particularly as a former police officer, I know how important it is to have adequate police numbers on the ground, on the street, in our local communities.  

"And can I commend our local police, they do an outstanding job under very difficult circumstances."  

A Gold Coast University Hospital spokeswoman confirmed today Zack Larter, 18, remains in a serious but stable condition in the hospital.  

 

UPDATE 10am: POLICE have confirmed a teenager, who is in a serious condition in the Gold Coast University Hospital following yesterday's wild brawl at Murwillumbah, is the son of the man who died in the incident.

The Gold Coast Bulletin named the man who died as 46-year-old well-known local Charlie Larter, who was stabbed while trying to protect his son, Zack, 18, in Knox Park around 12.30pm yesterday.

A third man,  29, a friend of the family, also suffered cuts but has since been released from hospital.

The family had been in Murwillumbah to celebrate Mr Larter's birthday, with a quiet drink at the local pub.

A 22-year old man has been charged with murder, two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and larceny.

The offender, who police have confirmed was on parole at the time of the stabbing, is due to face Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Speaking to media this morning, Tweed Crime Manager Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen called for calm, following widespread criticism on social media over the lack of police presence in Murwillumbah.

"People should be calm about what has happened ... the offender has been arrested," Mr Cullen said.

While admitting no officer was in the Murwillumbah police station when the incident was first reported, police said officers were on the scene at Knox Park within minutes.

 

WEDNESDAY 7am: A MAN will face court today following an altercation where a man died and two other men were injured at Murwillumbah yesterday.

About 12.30pm Tuesday, police and emergency services attended Knox Park in Brisbane Street after receiving reports of people fighting.

Officers attached to Tweed/Byron Local Area Command attended and located three injured men suffering stab wounds.

A 46-year-old man was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital where he later died.

An 18-year-old man was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. He remains in a critical condition suffering wound to his chest.

Another man, aged 29, was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries. He has since been released from hospital.

Police arrested a 32-year-old man at the scene and he was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

Following inquiries, he was charged with murder, two counts of wound with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and larceny.

The 32-year-old man was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today.

Investigations are continuing.

 

UPDATE 5.48PM: A VIDEO of the aftermath of the frenzied attack shows at least two men lying on the ground being attended to by others as paramedics arrive on scene.

Chaotic scenes after several people were stabbed at Murwillumbah. Photo: Nine News
Chaotic scenes after several people were stabbed at Murwillumbah. Photo: Nine News

"Get over here now, hurry up ... my husband can't breathe ... get over here now," a woman can be heard screaming on the video.

Witnesses told The Gold Coast Bulletin reporters the disagreement started between the three wounded men and a man with tattoos on his face.

The three men chased the tattooed man down the street for a short distance before they were ambushed by him. He was wielding a large kitchen knife.

It will be alleged he stabbed all three in a frenzied attack.A group of about 20 people reportedly ran in to defend the three men, brandishing bottles and poles.

There are unconfirmed reports local schools were put in lockdown.

A man has been taken into custody, but no formal charges have been laid.

Several locals witnessed the incident and police are conducting interviews.

 

UPDATE 5.05PM: A MAN has died and two other men have been taken to hospital with stab wounds following an altercation at Murwillumbah today.

About 12.30pm today, police and emergency services attended Knox Park in Brisbane Street after receiving reports of people fighting.

Police located three injured men suffering stab wounds.

They found a 46-year-old man with serious stab wounds to the torso, a 18-year-old man with a wound to the chest and a third man, 29, with wounds to his arm.

The 46-year-old was being rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital when he went into cardiac arrest, forcing paramedics to perform CPR and take him to Tweed Hospital. He later died.

An 18-year-old man, believed to be the deceased man's son, was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital. He remains in a critical condition suffering wound to his chest.

Another man, aged 29, was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital suffering minor injuries. He has since been released from hospital.

A 32-year-old man was arrested at the scene and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station.

He is currently assisting police with inquiries.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner and investigations are continuing.

 

UPDATE 3:05PM: A TEENAGER and a man in his 50s have been among three people hospitalised with stab wounds following reports of a wild brawl near a children's playground at Murwillumbah's Knox Park.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said they were called to Prince St, Murwillumbah at about 12.30pm on Tuesday to transport two of the three.

Police say the other presented himself. One of the three is in a serious condition. 

The NSW Ambulance spokesman said one was about 50-years-old with stab wounds.

"He was taken to the Tweed Hospital," the spokesman said.

"Another male in his teens with stab wounds to his chest and shoulder was transported to Gold Coast University Hospital."

Police confirmed a man has been taken into custody.

Witnesses claimed on social media a large group of youths wielding poles and knives were involved in the fight.

One witness said she saw the brawling and immediately called police.

"I was there," she posted to the Murwillumbah Matters Facebook page.

"I called 000. The cops took 25mins at least to get there.

"They started fighting at the rotundas and moved down through the park.

"They were right next to the children's park with poles and knives, we had to try to stop our very young kids from seeing. Just disgusting and a little frightening too."

Another man claimed about "30 young kids" were using whatever weapons they could find.

"Everyone was screaming, it would (have) been scary for the kids," he posted to Facebook. "There was about 30 young kids with poles, whatever they could get their hands on."

Another woman was at the nearby tennis club when the fight erupted.

"We could see the brawl (from the tennis clubhouse), there was about 20 or so kids throwing glass bottles and hitting each other," she said.

"This incident reinforces that we need cops in M'bah because I had to ring Tweed police."

Jade Juleff posted this image to Facebook showing the police response.
Jade Juleff posted this image to Facebook showing the police response. Sourced Facebook, Jade Juleff

TUESDAY 1.35pm: At least one person has been taken to hospital following reports of brawling at Murwillumbah's Knox Park.

Brendon Cullen, Tweed Byron Local Area Command Detective Chief Inspector, confirmed police were currently on the scene investigating.

A NSW Police spokeswoman said few details were available but that there had been reports of a fight near the playground of the town's central park.

She said one person was being transported to hospital.

More to come.



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