Better behaved New Year crowds but 54 still arrested

QUEENSLANDERS ushering in the new year have been generally better behaved with fewer people waking up in the watchhouse.

Despite a record crowd of more than 80,000 watching the fireworks display in Brisbane, just 44 people were arrested on 54 charges at South Bank, Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley precincts, mostly for public nuisance and alcohol offences.

New Year's Eve Commander Acting Superintendent Bill Knowles said on Wednesday (Jan 01) police were pleased with the overall behaviour of party-goers.

"With an increase in crowd numbers this year it is pleasing to see a decrease in arrests," he said.

"The overwhelming majority of revellers were very well behaved throughout the night.

"We will continue to have a large police presence at events such as these to ensure that families and the majority of people get to enjoy a safe and incident-free night.

"Violence and anti-social behaviour has no place on Queensland's streets and we are pleased people are receiving our message that violent behaviour will not be tolerated."

Supt Knowles said more than 50,000 people attended New Year's Eve celebrations in Surfers Paradise with 92 people arrested on 97 charges throughout the Gold Coast District.



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