Police promise further silly season crackdown

HAVING bust more than 30 people as part of Operation Unite at the weekend, Ipswich police have warned that the offensive against booze-related stupidity will continue through the silly season.

Extra police were on duty from Friday through to Sunday as part of the operation, dedicated to clamping down on booze-related violence, drink-driving, public nuisance offences and breaches of liquor licensing laws.

Across the Ipswich police district, which stretches from Boonah up to Toogoolawah and west to Rosewood and Marburg, police dealt with 32 offences.

Ipswich district tactician Senior Sergeant Julian Burke said that of the 32 offences, seven were for drink-driving and 12 were for public nuisance.

There were also two minor drug-related offences.

"Of the public nuisance offences, two men aged 19 and 20 were charged after removing decorations from the Christmas tree in d'Arcy Doyle Place," Snr Sgt Burke said.

Police will allege that another offender stood in the middle of the road hurling abuse at security guards after being ordered out of a nightclub in the CBD.

He was arrested without major incident.

Another man was charged after allegedly punching a fellow patron in the back of the head outside licensed premises.

"This is fairly typical behaviour for this time of the year," Snr Sgt Burke said. "It is hotter so more people are heading out and they are also drinking more.

"It is also the time of year where we routinely have more police out there to keep an eye out for good order offences - particularly on weekends."

More than 1200 Queensland police officers laid 441 charges across the state over the weekend.

Over Friday and Saturday nights, police arrested 28 people on assault counts, with 912 licensing breaches and 88 liquor incident reports submitted. They issued 169 liquor infringement notices.

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