Yobbo behaviour may ruin Santa Crawl: police

CLEAN FUN: Not everybody who attended the 10th annual Santa Crawl on the weekend was involved in yobbo behaviour that has police concerned about the event's future.
CLEAN FUN: Not everybody who attended the 10th annual Santa Crawl on the weekend was involved in yobbo behaviour that has police concerned about the event's future. Debrah Novak

POLICE have cast doubt over the future of the Grafton Santa Crawl as investigation into a number of incidents at the weekend continue.

Coffs Clarence Police Command crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the Crawl morphed from a fun community event to being overrun by yobbos who wanted to put pumpkins on their head due to excessive alcohol use.

"The Santa Crawl can't be supported any further and it will be policed heavily if it goes ahead next year," Det Insp Jameson.


The night was filled with fights and abuse in the form of "the most vile and obscene language" aimed at police, fuelled by excessive drinking and licensing breaches across Grafton.

"Police are still investigating a number of alleged licensing breaches and the community can be assured we will take strong action against any licensee who has breached their liquor license."

Det Insp Jameson said one group of females used the most vile and obscene language he had ever heard come out of a female's mouth to abuse police.

Head Santa Adam Crawley said the police did not contact them about any problems.

"But I'm confident that if there are any issues, they can and will be worked through," Mr Crawley said.

"Santa Crawl is a fixture on the local calendar, it's definitely not going anywhere; we may just need to discuss modifications to the event with police, publicans and other stakeholders to make sure the 2015 event is bigger and better than ever.

"We have for 10 years run a charity fundraiser that involves hundreds to thousands of people raising a cumulative of over $65,000, including the $12,500 odd raised this year for St Vincent de Paul."

Clarence River Jockey Club executive officer Michael Beattie said he was very pleased with the people who entered the Jockey Club.

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