A SECURITY guard was left lying in a pool of blood after a vicious attack outside one of the Sunshine Coast's most popular licensed clubs on Saturday night.
The 32-year-old was attacked by one of two men he was helping escort from Caloundra RSL Club after an earlier verbal altercation.
Horrified witnesses said the attack was swift and brutal and the young guard was left lying semi-conscious in a pool of blood on the footpath in front of the club.
Other security staff reacted quickly and held his attacker until police arrived.
The guard was taken to hospital with a laceration to the back of his head but the Daily was last night unable to confirm the seriousness of his condition.
His employer, EVO Security, refused to comment on the attack or the guard's condition.
His alleged attacker was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm in company.
Overnight police charged a 42-year-old Caloundra man with assault occasioning bodily harm.
A police spokesman said the man will appear in court at a later date.
In a separate incident several hours later, police officers forced their way into the public toilet of a Maroochydore nightclub after a report several men were using drugs.
Security staff at The Factory nightclub alerted police to the situation and they reacted quickly, grabbing three men allegedly in possession of dangerous drugs.
The trio, all aged between 22 and 24, have been charged with possession and use of dangerous drugs and will face Maroochydore Magistrates Court on July 14.
Inspector Jason Overland from Sunshine Coast Police said officers were out in force over the weekend to address alcohol-fuelled violence in licensed venues.
"Specially trained liquor-enforcement officers led high-visibility policing in licensed premises up and down the Coast," he said.
"Patrons could expect more visible policing of licensed premises leading up to the formal adoption of Safe Night Out Precincts later in the year."
He said the precincts would provide police with a greater range of options when dealing with alcohol-fuelled violence.
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