Police travelled from Sydney to the Northern Rivers with schoolies on the XPT.
Police travelled from Sydney to the Northern Rivers with schoolies on the XPT. Trevor Veale

Drunk grown-up, not schoolies, earns police ire

THE hundreds of schoolies celebrating on the train were fine - it was the 40-year-old man from Nabiac that was the problem.

A group of police joined 360 people, mostly schoolies, on the XPT heading north from Sydney to Casino on Sunday, before the police checked into Casino Police Station and the schoolies jumped on buses heading to Byron Bay.

"Along the route Police encountered no issues upon the XPT, but dealt with an intoxicated 40-year-old Nabiac man who was allegedly consuming alcohol at Taree Railway Station," a statement from police media says.

"The man was issued a Rail Infringement Notice and given a move on direction due to his anti-social behaviour."

The officers were heading north as part of an increased police presence at Byron Bay for the schoolies celebration, which has so far been without incident in the town.

The officers would be doing high visibility patrols at Byron Bay with a focus on public transport interchanges for the next five days. They were expected to return to Sydney using the XPT train service late next week.

Police Transport Command North Central Sector Commander Superintendent Darren Bennett said the operation was proving successful;.

"Police will continue to target anti-social and criminal behaviour on trains and around rail infrastructure," he said.

"Officers from the Police Transport Command will continue high profile and covert operations across the public transport network. Be aware that the person sitting next to you may be a police officer."



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