Police praise holiday crowds for quiet weekend

POLICE have praised the behaviour of revellers on Australia Day after makiong fewer arrests than in previous years.

Two tourists spent time in the Warrnambool police cells after they were arrested at 2am yesterday for being drunk in a public place.

The men, one from Preston and the other from Bairnsdale, will each receive a penalty notice of $563.

A 20-year-old man was nabbed drink-driving on Saturday night.

He was pulled over by police at 9.30pm and had a blood-alcohol reading of .017.

Police also responded to two reports of family violence on Saturday.

Sergeant Jason Puschenjak said overall it was a very quiet Australia Day for police.

“We’d like to thank the community for their good behaviour,” he said.

Sergeant Puschenjak also praised the work of police who had been proactive in the week leading up to Australia Day, warning they would not tolerate anti-social behaviour.

Last week, police said Australia Day celebrations had caused problems in the past with drunken brawls and vandalism marring celebrations at Lake Pertobe. Police had additional members rostered on and enforced alcohol restrictions. 

Police said family violence was also being targeted over the weekend in light of revelations that Australia Day and Valentine’s Day had historically been the worst for domestic incidents.

Senior Sergeant Shane Keogh said police would not tolerate any form of violent behaviour and family violence would continue to be treated as the crime that it was.

“The cycle of family violence shows that children who witness or are subjected to family violence grow up to repeat that behaviour,” he said.

“Our focus is on supporting and protecting the victims.

“This is part of our focus to reduce crime overall and break the cycle.”

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