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Behave on Australia Day

DRUNKEN behaviour will not be tolerated by police on either side of the border this Australia Day.

Tweed Heads and Coolangatta police will both be out in force on the public holiday.

Coolangatta Police Senior Sergeant Mark Johnston said they will be focusing on all street offences, including any liquor-related offences.

“It’s an offence to drink in a public place,” Snr Sgt Johnston said.

“We don’t discriminate against Australia Day or any public holidays.”

Snr Sgt Johnston said there was zero tolerance for people caught drinking in public, and $100 on-the-spot fines would be given.

Officers will be focusing their efforts on the beachfronts following a shameful Australia Day in 2008 where riots broke out at Snapper Rocks.

“We had an excellent year last year and we’re hoping to repeat that,” Snr Sgt Johnston said.

“Everybody’s working. The public safety response team from Brisbane and Gold Coast tactical crime unit will be on call if needed.

“But if everybody behaves themselves they’ll enjoy themselves.”

Tweed-Byron Detective Sergeant Shane Diehm said they will also be out in force.

“Police will be targeting anti-social behaviour and drinking in restricted zones,” Sgt Diehm said.

“We will be increasing police presence in all known trouble spots.”



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