Byron Bay police reacted quickly to remove alcoholic drinks from no-alcohol zones on Wednesday night.
Byron Bay police reacted quickly to remove alcoholic drinks from no-alcohol zones on Wednesday night. DAVID NIELSEN

Protests as Byron’s no-alcohol zones enforced

THE well-oiled Irish lads made loud protests, but got no sympathy from police who grabbed their esky-load of beers on ice and an unopened carton.

They had to watch as police lugged the seized goods back across the old rail line ‘border’ crossing and out of Byron Bay’s no-alcohol zone.

It was a bleak moment for the eight lads to allow themselves to be deprived of the lubricant they felt so necessary to welcome in 2009.

Across Byron Bay streets, parks and the sands of Main Beach, vigilant police officers kept up their ongoing pursuit of alcohol-bearing revellers that had got past the border controls.

During the night revellers were frequently confronted with the sight of their drinks being poured on the ground by unsympathetic polices.

With thousands of young people on the streets violence was minimal, but every now and again there would be a rumble through the crowd as people ran to see some testosterone-fuelled biff.

The beach also proved tempting to some, who could not resist a dip in the darkness, much to the worry of lifeguards.


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