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Australian and NZ police in weekend blitz on boozers and brawlers

A POLICE crackdown on late night drinking, violence and anti-social behaviour across Australia and New Zealand starts this weekend as part of Operation Unite.

The two day operation will run from 6pm Friday to 6am Saturday and again from 6pm Saturday to 6am Sunday.

Chief Superintendent Alistair Dawson of Operations Support Command, said Operation Unite would provide for an increase in police presence, especially in popular entertainment precincts, as well as overt and covert licensing operations, random breath testing, the use of mounted police and the dog squad.

“Operation Unite will send a strong and clear message, police will not put up with alcohol-related violence, drunken behaviour and other related crimes,” he said.

Chief Supt Dawson said tackling Queensland’s culture of binge drinking is one of the focal points of the operation.

“Operation Unite will, from a statewide perspective, continue to target the culture of binge drinking in public places and appeal to the drinking public to take greater responsibility for their behaviour,” he said.

“Alcohol misuse related violence and anti-social behaviour are issues that affect communities throughout Australia and New Zealand. That is why police jurisdictions across both countries have come together for a weekend of action to make a stand with Operation Unite.”

Queensland Police urged people to take care when out drinking alcohol.

“We are appealing for the public to have a safe and enjoyable time, drink responsibly and not over consume alcohol and do something that they might later regret,” Chief Supt Dawson said.

This article is also available on the Courier Mail at http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/australiana-nd-nz-police-in-weekend-blitz-on-boozers-and-brawlers/story-e6freoof-1226212266382

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