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Local police "really happy" with race goers, revellers

Monday, 21st March, 2011

Local police were Local police were "really happy" with the behaviour of the majority of race-goers over the weekend.

Local police were "really happy" with the behaviour of the majority of race-goers over the weekend.

Senior Sergeant March Fisher said overall police were impressed by how people behaved during what is one of the busiest weekend's of the year for revellers.

"It's a pretty good result. In general police were really happy with how people behaved at the races and into the night," Sen Sgt Mark Fisher said yesterday.

The weekend wasn't without incident, however, with a number of fines issued for offences ranging from refusing to quit a licenced premises to urinating in a public place.

Seven people were also ejected from the races by security or police for issues relating to anti-social behaviour, while the evening saw a 32-year-old man given a burst of capsicum spray before being arrested.

Sen Sgt Fisher said the man was being escorted out of a hotel in Oxide Street after he refused to leave when he began "kicking at police".

Apart from receiving a $550 fine for failing to quite a licensed premises, he will also face court charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest.

Another reveller probably wishes he could have his night back after he urinated behind a marked police car parked at a hotel in Oxide Street on Saturday night.

The 38 year old was one of two men who received a $200 fine for urinating in a public place.

Security guards also disturbed an intruder at the racecourse in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Sen Sgt Fisher said the guards heard a noise and then noticed a torch light inside one of the buildings before seeing the intruder run off.

He said the guards gave chase and the intruder, who was wearing dark clothing, ran into a fence, dropping two bottles of handwash, but got away.

And tools were stolen from a Ford utility that was parked in the racecourse carpark overnight on Saturday.

Eight drivers are also facing fines and the prospect of losing their licence after they recorded positive results when pulled over for random drug testing.

Duty Officer Dave Gallagher said yesterday police tested 133 motorists in Broken Hill over Friday and Saturday nights and 171 random breath tests.

He said the positive readings were for cannabis or methamphetamines.

In each case the driver was taken off the road for 24 hours and will face court at a later date.

The operation, which coincided with the St Pat's weekend, began in Dareton, where 622 random breath tests and 273 drug tests were conducted.

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