Licensing laws blitz
POLICE have issued fines to licensed venues across the region after a blitz at the weekend found 27 breaches of licensing laws.
Inspectors from the NSW Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing worked with the police to conduct a joint operation at the weekend focused on pubs, clubs, bottle- shops and restaurants at Ballina, Lennox Head, Evans Head, Casino and Lismore.
The operation was organised as part of the Richmond Local Area Command's Alcohol Response Taskforce.
Richmond Local Area Command community safety officer Senior Constable Michael Hogan said the operation detected 27 breaches of liquor laws, including three drunken people at venues in Lismore.
Snr Const Hogan declined to say which, or how many, of the venues were involved in the breaches, but said each copped an $1100 fine.
A 28-year-old woman was charged with drug possession after being spotted allegedly using drugs at one of the venues visited.
Another eight patrons at various venues were hit with $550 fines for failing to leave when asked.
Snr Const Hogan said alcohol contributed to robberies, assaults, offensive behaviour and road accidents across the Northern Rivers.
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