Zero tol­er­ance for at­tacks linked to booze

Al­co­hol-fu­elled vi­o­lence not on: Po­lice

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Mun­dub­bera Po­lice have been very busy these past few weeks be­cause of al­co­hol-re­lated vi­o­lence and un­ruly be­hav­iour in li­censed venues.

With around six pub­lic nui­sance in­fringe­ment notices is­sued and more in­ci­dences un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, po­lice are tired of this be­hav­iour.

Mun­dub­bera Po­lice Sergeant Daniel Clarke said these types of of­fences would not be tol­er­ated in the com­mu­nity.

“We have zero tol­er­ance for any al­co­hol vi­o­lence in the com­mu­nity,” Sgt Clarke said.

“In the past few weeks we’ve had quite a few in­ci­dences in pubs due to too much al­co­hol be­ing con­sumed.”

“In line with Op­er­a­tion Jab­bah, there will be zero tol­er­ance to any al­co­hol fu­elled vi­o­lence in­ci­dences in and around li­censed premises.”

While po­lice have is­sued stern warn­ings and cracked down on the prob­lem, some be­lieve it’s just a few who are ru­in­ing it for ev­ery­one else.

Jerry Byrne, man­ager of the Royal Ho­tel in Mun­dub­bera said in the past 12 months, there hadn’t been many in­ci­dences.

“I don’t think it’s a real prob­lem here, out of all the years I’ve been man­ag­ing the pub and in par­tic­u­lar the last 12 months, there haven’t been too many prob­lems,” Mr Byrne said.

“The large ma­jor­ity of cus­tomers that come here are good, it’s only a se­lect few that can ruin it.

“Po­lice may have been busy these past few weeks, but in my opin­ion there hasn’t been a prob­lem.”

Man­ager of the Mun­dub­bera Ho­tel, Ross Gra­ham, said he banned any­one who acted up.

“We have a code of con­duct that all cus­tomers must abide by, if they are drunk and vi­o­lent, we is­sue bans that stop them from com­ing to any li­censed venue in Mun­dub­bera,” Mr Gra­ham said.

“So far we’ve given bans to four peo­ple, they can range from a month to a life ban.”

Mr Gra­ham doesn’t think there’s a prob­lem in the re­gion.

“It’s like any pub, you have those that can drink and have a good time, and oth­ers who drink too much and spoil it,” Mr Gra­ham said.

“Once some­body is drunk, we im­me­di­ately stop serv­ing them.”

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