Few arrests at well-behaved Cup

COFFS HARBOUR, you've done yourselves proud!

Police are generally pleased with the way we conducted ourselves on Cup Day.

Chief Inspector Tony Ferguson said that from a policing perspective, it had been 'extremely satisfying'.

"On the whole, everything was very, very well run, and overall, people were fairly well behaved," he said.

Police charged only six people with drink-driving during their Cup blitz, a fact Mr Ferguson put down to good pre-publicity.

At the track, police arrested one young man and subsequently charged him with assaulting police and resisting arrest. He was one of a handful of arrests there.

"People were ejected for anti-social behaviour. Also, there were juveniles detected for underage drinking inside and outside the course," Mr Ferguson said.

"The cooperation betwen the racing club and police this year was proof of how it can be done. There was an increased security presence, and they were terrific.

"Also, we were very happy with the way the public understood changes like the closure of Howard Street, which really did work well, and the changed layout at the track gave people more room to move."

Race revellers in their droves kicked on at the city's watering holes well into the night, with police reporting 'a few' arrests.

"Police mostly used their move-on powers, and the vast majority of people complied with that," Mr Ferguson said.

"However, we issued infringements for failure to move on and street offences."

Most pubs shut early to avoid alcohol-related problems.



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