New Year's siege, assaults and drug offences keep cops busy

AS millions of Aussies welcomed the new year, police across the country had their hands full with a siege, assaults and drug offences.

In Queensland, more than 50,000 thronged to Brisbane's South Bank and the Gold Coast.

A 25-year-old man suffered head and leg injuries after falling from a Surfers Paradise balcony.

In South Brisbane, the CBD, Fortitude Valley and the Gold Coast, 173 people were on 186 charges including public nuisance, drug possession and acting disorderly in a licensed premises.

In Sydney, 1.6 million revellers converged on the city to watch $7 million of fireworks light up the harbour. More than 30 people were charged with assault, drugs and other offences.

About 500,000 people flocked to Melbourne where fireworks were released across 21 sites.

Victorian paramedics attended 150 emergencies.

A siege - where a man climbed onto a Perth roof before pelting police with tiles - marred Western Australia's celebrations.

About 6000 joined the Taste of Tasmania festival's NYE Hobart party.


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