Partygoers impress Coffs police
NEW Year’s Eve revellers on the Coffs Coast have done themselves proud.
Police said crowds on the big night at traditional hotspots such as the Jetty Foreshores and the Coffs Harbour CBD were generally well-behaved, although 17 people were either arrested or fined for anti-social behaviour.
That’s in stark contrast to last year’s celebrations when a whopping 41 partygoers were arrested and charged and filled the Coffs Harbour Police Station cells to overflowing.
“The behaviour of New Year’s Eve revellers on the Coffs Coast was a marked improvement on previous years,” said Sergeant Nick Brunyee.
“The alcohol-free zones which were in place were a great help to police, particularly at the Jetty and Park Beach and we were kept busy enforcing them.
“There were a few issues in these zones with young people consuming or possessing alcohol.”
Sgt Brunyee said revellers were either arrested or issued with infringement notices for offences such as drink-driving, offensive conduct, failing to quit licensed premises, offensive language, assault, domestic disputes, malicious damage and drug possession.
Police issued several people with move-on directions and there was a big police presence in pubs and clubs to enforce licensing laws.