Police plan ahead in bid to reduceloutishness

POLICE have issued an early warning on New Year's Eve celebrations, saying they will crack down on anti-social behaviour at Clarence Valley hotspots Yamba, Brooms head and Wooli.

The warning was issued yesterday by the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command acting superintendent Paul Fehon.

He the police district always experienced a surge in population over Christmas-New year as people moved to the beaches.

He said a police leave embargo ensured that all available police were rostered during the busy period. A big contingent of highway patrol police from outside the command were being introduced to supplement local resources.

"New Year's Eve is traditionally well supported by residents and visitors, in the Coffs-Clarence Local Area Command, however, the potential for anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related crime is ever present," he said.

"This year, as in previous years, there will be an increased police presence throughout the command. Police will be targetting underage drinking, alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour to ensure that the vast majority of the community enjoys the festivities without the incursion of troublemakers.

"Police will be ensuring that families are able to enjoy their evening in a pleasant and comfortable manner.

"Our presence will be throughout the region and targetted at traditional areas of disruption," he said.

The dog unit from Sydney and local operations support group police would be on duty.

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