Schoolies please police

SCHOOLIES celebrations have kicked off on the Gold Coast and already 26 arrests have been made.

Official celebrations started for students on the weekend when thousands of school leavers congregated around Surfers Paradise to enjoy the entertainment and facilities provided.

Gold Coast police said they were generally pleased with the behaviour of schoolies overall with only a small number of the large crowd coming to the attention of officers.

"Police arrested 26 schoolies on 28 offences with the majority being for drunk and public nuisance offences," Queensland police said in a statement.

"These figures are the same as the figures for Saturday night last year.

"There were six schoolies arrested for minor drug offences relating to small quantities of cannabis and ecstasy tablets.

"Of the schoolies arrested overnight there were 25 males and one female."

Also overnight on Saturday there were 110 schoolies issued with liquor infringement notices.

Police reminded all schoolies that officers will be actively detecting these types of offences which can result in on the spot fines.

There were 47 people arrested on 65 charges which were not schoolies related and were mainly for public nuisance and other good order offences along with 46 non-schoolies receiving infringement notices for drinking in a public place.

Gold Coast District Officer, Superintendent Paul Ziebarth said that the end of school is an important time in a young person's life but they also need to remember the law still applies to them.

"Many young people have been looking forward to the end of their school years and are keen to celebrate and have some fun," Supt Ziebarth.

Police believe it is important that parents as well as school leavers are aware of the penalties for underage drinkers and the health consequences of excessive alcohol use.

"Be aware that underage drinking in public places such as the street, parks, beach; and in clubs and pubs is an offence," Superintendent Ziebarth said.

"In the past we have encountered a small number of adults supplying minors with alcohol, so we urge all parents to consider the consequences of supplying liquor to young people."


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