Knife lodged in eye at party

A LATE night party turned ugly in Yeppoon on Saturday when a 20-year-old man was struck in the eye with a knife.

The man had to be flown to a Brisbane hospital, as the weapon was lodged in his eye.

He is stable.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Broadfoot is investigating the incident, which happened in Park Street at 2am.

He said the group at the party had allegedly been drinking and throwing knives in the backyard.

Police charged a 23-year-old male with unlawful wounding in relation to the incident.

"At this stage we have not finalised our investigation yet,'' he said.

"We are still interviewing the parties involved and will have to interview the victim again.''

The man charged will appear in Yeppoon Magistrates Court on December 1.

Meanwhile police liquor licensing officers were kept on their feet over the weekend with a swoop on pubs and clubs across the Central Highlands.

Dozens of fines were handed out to licensed premises in Emerald, Clermont, Blackwater, Comet and Bluff for offences ranging from underage drinking to serving intoxicated patrons.

The inspections were part of Operation Utah which also saw a crackdown on drink-driving and other offences in Blackwater and Woorabinda.

Other charges included public nuisance, driving while disqualified, wilful damage and obstructing police.

Rockhampton District Inspector Dale Weightman said the aim of the operation was to make pubs and clubs as well as the streets safer.

"The conduct that's going on in the streets at the moment is not acceptable. If we can bring these premises up to scratch people are going to be happier to go there and feel safer.''

He said Operation Utah would continue up until Christmas, warning premises between Yep-poon and Emerald they would be inspected at some stage.

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