Early 'summer party' crackdown in Ballina

BALLINA police launched Operation Viking at the weekend as a timely reminder they will not tolerate inappropriate or antisocial behaviour on the streets in the lead-up to summer's party season.

Additional police monitored the town centres of Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head and Wardell, with a number of arrests being made.

As a result of the two-day blitz 93 drivers were breath tested, and five people arrested on various charges including assault, drink-driving and conduct-related offences.

A total of 37 people were given formal move-on directions, four people were searched for knives, six infringements issued for offensive conduct, and 18 traffic infringements handed out.

“We're just trying to reinforce the safety of the community, so people can go out and enjoy themselves without fear of being assaulted,” Inspector Greg Moore said.

He said police patrols would intensify during summer months to ensure safety on the streets was maintained.

“We have found by getting out on the streets early in the season and moving people on, we can help stop that culture of groups hanging around the streets at night,” he said.

Despite some isolated reports of malicious damage, Inspector Moore said general crime rates indicated the volume of offences was down on similar reporting periods.



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