Entertainment

Police have Splendour in sights

Senior Constable Sam Ennion and Senior Constable Kerstin Nowak at the Byron Bay Police Station.
Senior Constable Sam Ennion and Senior Constable Kerstin Nowak at the Byron Bay Police Station. Patrick Gorbunovs

POLICE warn revellers at Splendour in the Grass they will be out in force to target drunkenness and illegal drug use.

Splendour in the Grass field commander Inspector Gary Cowan said more than 100 police from around the state had converged on Byron Bay for Operation Splendour 2012 which began on Wednesday and will finish on Monday.

"Police will be out in force over the Splendour period targeting drink and drug driving," he said.

"The RBT bus and random roadside drug testing bus will be set up in the Byron Bay area."

Insp Cowan said as well as the RBT and drug testing buses, additional resources from the police dog squad, the riot squad, the operational support group and mounted police had been deployed for Operation Splendour 2012.

He said police paid for by the Splendour promoters would be patrolling inside the venue and the camping area.

"We want to see people enjoy themselves so if you are going to drink, drink in moderation and respect other people around you.

"People can come to Byron Bay and enjoy the festivities but if they decide they want to drink and drive or take drugs and drive there is a good chance they will be caught."

Insp Cowan said he expected police to detect numerous people with drugs including cannabis, ice, ecstasy and amphetamines during the operation.

He said people going to Splendour had no excuse for getting caught drink- or drug-driving as public transport was available.

"Promoters in consultation with the police have arranged buses to transport festival goers to and from the venue."

Topics:  police, splendour in the grass




Prestigious award for the best burial crypt in town

FE Marsh & Co has won an award for their work on St Carthage's Cathedral, which included the construction of a new 12-vault burial crypt beneath the floor.

Awards for fancy pools and underground crypts

Star photographer's starring role with the lens

NOMINATED: This image from Northern Star photographer Marc Stapelberg have been nominated in the NRMA Kennedy Awards.

Our very own snapper is a finalist in a major award

Greyhound industry fights back with advertising campaign

The future of the greyhound industry is looking bleak.

Calls for the Baird Government to give the industry a "fair go”

Latest deals and offers

SIXTY MILES AHEAD sign with Eclipse Records, prepare new album 'Insanity'

Sixty Miles Ahead sign with Eclipse. Photo Contributed

Sixty Miles Ahead to release new album on Eclipse

Thy Art Is Murder are killing it

See Thy Art is Murder on their killer tour happening right now. Photo Contributed

We talk with Thy Art is Murder about touring, babies, and new music

Date announced for Prince tribute concert

A Prince tribute concert will take place later this year

Matt Damon is taking a break from acting

Matt Damon is taking a break to spend time with his family

Police foiled terrifying 1m plot to kidnap Katie Price

Police foiled a £1 million plot to kidnap Katie Price and her family

Kristen Bell's baby confession

Kristen Bell once pretended to be asleep when her baby woke up early

Queensland's $1 town goes under the hammer today

The township of Yelarbon is up for sale.

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started