Don’t spend Christmas in a cell

Police will be out in force this weekend targeting alcohol-related crime as part of Australasian-wide Operation Unite.

In the lead-up to the hot summer period, Batemans Bay Police’s Inspector Toby Lindsay said local police would be cracking down on anti-social and alcohol-related crime today and tomorrow.

He says police will have very little time for drunken hooligans over summer, and will use minimal discretion when they sweep the streets.

According to Insp Lindsay, anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime is a problem in the Eurobodalla during the warmer months, when people are more likely to overindulge.

This weekend Insp Lindsay said police would target everything related to alcohol, from drink driving, to licenced premises, to street crime.

“Generally over the Christmas period we encourage officers on the street to deal with alcohol-related crime swiftly through penalty notices and arrests,” he said.

“We’ll be gauging public levels of intoxication and will be keeping an eye on licenced premises to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.”

He said police were “still concerned with the level of violence encounted by police particularly over the hotter months”.

“The key message the police want to instill in people is to play safe and stay safe over summer.”

Insp Lindsay said Operation Unite wasn’t the only operation police have in their sights.

Coming up over Christmas will be the more localised Operation Summer Safe, among many others.

“The key message is: don’t spend your Christmas in a police cell,” he said.

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