Drunk kids keep our police busy
YEPPOON police arrested 84 people on Australia Day, including about 20 juveniles who were mostly affected by alcohol.
Yeppoon police Senior Sergeant Bob Barclay yesterday said the 84 people arrested were charged with 86 offences.
Ten of those were for criminal charges including drug offences, wilful damage and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Two people were arrested on warrants for failing to appear in court.
Snr Sgt Barclay said most charges on the day were alcohol related, with 18 people charged with public nuisance, and 26 liquor infringement notices issued.
He said there were juvenile offenders causing trouble and some were arrested, while others were dealt with by police.
The behaviour of boozed up young people celebrating Australia Day upset some families who attended the Great Australia Day Beach Party at Yeppoon's Main Beach.
The Morning Bulletin has been contacted by some upset people who complained about the drunken behaviour of a minority on the day.
Last year on Australia Day, police laid 90 charges but only seven of those were for criminal matters.
Snr Sgt Barclay said at last year's celebrations, 10 people were arrested and 58 people were given tickets for traffic offences after a police operation.
He said the charges were about the same both years, but he noticed fines for liquor offences had increased this year.