Cops warn schoolies riot squad on its way
AFTER a night of bedlam on the North Coast police have warned schoolies the riot squad and horse-mounted police units have been deployed to Byron Bay from Sydney.
On Friday, several teenagers celebrating on the North Coast were given move on directions, had their alcohol tipped out, were searched by police and given court attendance notices.
Not revealing the exact timing, Tweed-Byron police detective inspector Gary Cowan said extra police were expected around Apex Park, the hub of Byron Bay schoolies activities, over next weekend.
"Over the period of schoolies this weekend is always the main one," Det Insp Gary Cowan said.
"Tweed police and extra patrols from the Riot Squad and Mounted Units from Sydney will be in attendance as part of Operation Kimberly 2016, set-up to police schoolies.
"Schoolies are reminded that no alcohol or glass is to be taken glass into Apex Park or any Byron Bay park areas.
"Police are there to look after the schoolies.
"Police remind schoolies to be on their best behaviour while they're here because any anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and will be dealt with by police."