Banned from pubs
FOUR men have been banned from licensed premises in and around Gayndah, following incidents in the past week.
The men will appear in Gayndah Magistrates Court later this month and Gayndah Police Sergeant Joshua Ryan said the bans would extend to licensed liquor areas at the Orange Festival.
The crack down is a part of Operation Aerate.
“If you are intoxicated on licensed premises and causing a disturbance or fail to comply with police directions, you will be charged and banned for ten days, and an application may be made for a three-month ban,” he said.
A 19-year-old Gayndah man was arrested and charged with offences, including failure to comply with a police direction and assaulting police, after he was repeatedly directed to leave licensed premises on Friday night.
Sergeant Ryan said while a three-month ban from Gayndah licensed premises was issued, a court application was lodged to extend the ban to 12 months.
A three-month ban and a notice to appear in court were issued to a “heavily intoxicated” Gayndah man, 42, for disorderly conduct and poor demeanour towards police at licensed premises.
A 29-year-old French man was charged with public nuisance offences at a licensed restaurant on Friday night, for which he received an infringement notice and three-month ban.
On March 21, a 21-year-old Gayndah man was banned after being charged with anti-social behaviour inside a licensed premises.
Sgt Ryan said in the first three weeks, Operation Aerate had done 105 random breath tests and laid 27 charges: seven notices to appear in court, nine traffic infringements, two public nuisance and three drug-related charges, and six banning (from licensed premises) notices.
“A high visibility police presence will continue while the operation is conducted for several months,” he said.