Po­lice praise rev­ellers’ gen­eral good be­hav­iour

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Holly Thomp­son

The past few weeks have been rel­a­tively quiet ac­cord­ing to po­lice across the re­gion, with the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple on their best be­hav­iour over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

Man­jimup Act­ing of­fi­cer-in­charge Nick Howe said he had pa­trolled Pem­ber­ton, Man­jimup and Bridgetown on both Christ­mas and New Year’s Eve, the busiest times for the area, with lit­tle to re­port.

“There was lots of peo­ple out and cel­e­brat­ing, par­tic­u­larly on New Year’s Eve, but ev­ery­one was in re­ally good spir­its and no one caused us any prob­lems,” he said.

“In terms of traf­fic and peo­ple driv­ing, that has also been re­ally good, we have set up a lot of ran­dom breath tests and we did not re­ally have any hits.”

Const. Howe said the one area which had caused the big­gest prob­lem was speed­ing, with many peo­ple caught driv­ing be­tween 9km and 20km over the speed limit.

“We had quite a few peo­ple speed­ing and it does not seem to be the lo­cals, it is al­ways the peo­ple who are down here on hol­i­day,” he said.

“This is a pretty nor­mal trend though and it seems to hap­pen ev­ery year around this time be­cause of the in­flux of peo­ple com­ing from ev­ery­where and trav­el­ling around the re­gion.”

Const. Howe said the speed­ing had not caused any ac­ci­dents dur­ing Christ­mas and New Year and all up there had only been a few mi­nor crashes just be­fore Christ­mas.

He also said there had been a small amount of theft from ve­hi­cles across the re­gion, but all of them had been from un­locked cars.

“We had about three or four re­ports but no car was dam­aged in the process and we think it might be some kids do­ing it,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, with th­ese kinds of thefts it is hard to catch the per­son re­spon­si­ble un­less any­one sees the in­ci­dent hap­pen, so I want to ad­vise peo­ple to make sure their car is locked at all times.”

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