Extra police for big league match

EXTRA police will be in Coffs Harbour for tonight's City Origin v Country Origin rugby league clash to ensure it is a safe and enjoyable event for everyone.

Police Minister David Campbell yesterday encouraged rugby league supporters to enjoy the night responsibly and to make sure that, if they are drinking, they organise a designated driver.

"There will be police on patrol in town to ensure crowds are well behaved and there will be extra officers out on the roads to catch drink drivers," Mr Campbell said.

"This should be a great game of rugby league - I just don't want idiots spoiling it by drinking too much and causing trouble.

"As a resident of the Illawarra and being the Minister responsible for the region, I'm proud to be supporting the Country team in tonight's match.

"This is a great opportunity for people on the Mid North Coast to enjoy a classic rugby league clash and be part of the City v Country tradition."

Mr Campbell said NSW Police would be running a high visibility police operation in Coffs Harbour and would crackdown on any anti-social behaviour.

"I hope everyone behaves and that none of those police officers are needed," Mr Campbell said.

"The message is simple - go out and have a great night at the game but don't over do it.

"Anti-social behaviour and alcohol fuelled violence won't be tolerated.

"For those who plan on having a drink, please do so responsibly and respect others who will be out to enjoy the game."

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