Inspector Greg Moore inspects the cells at the Lismore police station. He says they have lots of rooms available for anyone causing trouble tonight.
Inspector Greg Moore inspects the cells at the Lismore police station. He says they have lots of rooms available for anyone causing trouble tonight. Jacklyn Wagner

Police won't put up with drunks

NEW Year’s Eve revellers have been warned to behave tonight, or risk a night in the cells – or worse.

Richmond crime manager Inspector Greg Moore said police had deployed extra resources to high-risk areas in an attempt to address a rise in alcohol-related crime across the command.

“We’ve deployed extremely large numbers of police to high-risk areas like Evans Head, Ballina and Lennox Head, where we’ve had problems in previous years,” he said.

“People can rest assured that large numbers of police will be out there walking the beat in those areas to try and minimise any problems.

“We think it’s a balanced response – we want to see families out there enjoying themselves, but we certainly won’t be tolerating any nonsense.

“People can expect a firm but fair response to any misbehaviour. Go out and have a good time, but drink moderately.

“If you want to have a drink consider the other people around you and make sure you moderate your behaviour and just make sure you don’t overstep the line.”

Tweed-Byron Acting Superintendent Owen King said extraresources had been deployed to Byron Bay, including extra police officers from outside the command.

“We think we have sufficient numbers to deal with any situation that arises,” he said.

“By all means come out and celebrate and enjoy New Year’s Eve, but be mindful of the community.

“Police won’t be tolerating any anti-social behaviour.”



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