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Police say festival crowd behaved well

Police say they are happy with the behaviour of Bluesfest crowds in general this year.
Police say they are happy with the behaviour of Bluesfest crowds in general this year. Jojo Newby

DESPITE two men arrested for assaulting police, regional police say they are generally happy with the behaviour of Bluesfest crowds.

Inspector Gary Cowan from the Byron Tweed Local Area Command, who is in charge of police operations at the festival, said that although there had been a number of arrests as a result of drug detections, overall the figures were down from last year.

"Police have been happy with the crowds over the past four days," he said.

On Saturday two men aged 21 and 23 were charged with assault on police and drug- related offences after they

attempted to break into the festival main gate.

Inspector Cowan said police were called to the scene after the two men started abusing event staff and

security.

One of the men allegedly punched a police officer in the eye before falling to the ground. The man has been refused bail and will appear at Lismore court tomorrow.

Four drug detection dogs are being used. Police have so far seized cannabis, a small amount of pills, powder and amphetamines.

Topics:  bluesfest, police




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