Blitz arrests halved

LESS than half the number of people were arrested during the weekend’s border blitz than in the first operation.

Gold Coast District Acting Inspector Chris Ahearn said 18 people were arrested on 29 offences over Friday and Saturday nights.

“Those offences were by and large public order offences, such as being a public nuisance, disorderly conduct and public urination,” the Southern Control Service’s acting inspector said.

“Ten liquor infringements notices were issued.

“And 158 motor vehicles were intercepted for random breath tests and 17 traffic infringement notices were issued.”

Acting Insp Ahearn said Operation Unite was a joint effort by Tweed Heads and Coolangatta police to tackle crime, public order and anti-social behaviour.

The first operation last month saw 47 people face 50 charges.

“That’s a reduction in the rates of offending we saw last time, which is extremely encouraging to see,” he said.

“We’re certainly committed to still working together and we’ve got a number of further joint operations planned throughout 2011.”



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