NYE fes­tiv­i­ties: Plan­ning is Quay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

PO­LICE have El­iz­a­beth Quay in their sights as a po­ten­tial flash­point dur­ing future New Year cel­e­bra­tions af­ter about 3000 rev­ellers were at the wa­ter­front CBD site to see in 2017.

“That num­ber will only in­crease as time passes,” Se­nior Sergeant Craig Davis said.

How­ever, the big­gest is­sue in the CBD and North­bridge was large num­bers of un­der­age chil­dren with­out parents, par­tic­u­larly those aged about 15, and the large por­tion of them drink­ing al­co­hol.

“We saw about 1000, and quite a few were drink­ing, while oth­ers were al­ready af­fected by al­co­hol,” Sgt Davis said.

He said most of the chil­dren had trav­elled to Perth by train. Po­lice moved many on and ar­rested sev­eral.

At El­iz­a­beth Quay, the crowd was gen­er­ally well be­haved but Sgt Davis said a quickly or­gan­ised event was enough to at­tract the siz­able group to the site.

He said po­lice were con­cerned about large groups drink­ing al­co­hol next to wa­ter.

“We also had a lot of boats ar­riv­ing at mid­night, about 10002000 peo­ple, but we had Wa­ter Po­lice and ex­tra Perth-based po­lice,” he said.

Across the Perth CBD on New Year’s Eve, po­lice made 14 ar­rests, mostly for dis­or­derly con­duct, is­sued 16 sum­mons and 32 cannabis in­ter­ven­tion no­tices, gave out two ju­ve­nile cau­tions, and is­sued 128 move-on no­tices.

Wa­ter and al­co­hol don’t mix: Po­lice say the 3000-strong crowd at El­iz­a­beth Quay on New Year’s Eve was gen­er­ally well-be­haved but had con­cerns for future cel­e­bra­tions.

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