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Police to target antisocial behaviour at Southern 80

Police will be on the lookout for any antisocial behaviour, such as intoxication and violence, as well as licensing and traffic offences over the Southern 80 weekend.

IVY WISE February 7, 2014 4:46am

A large contingent of extra police will converge on Echuca-Moama for this weekend’s Southern 80 ski race.

Officers from Melbourne, Benalla, Swan Hill, Sydney’s Marine Area Command, Wagga Wagga, Griffith, Albury and Lake Illawarra, as well as a K9 unit, will join district resources within the Campaspe and Deniliquin Local Command to patrol the three-day event.

Echuca police Senior Sergeant Mick Carroll said Victorian officers would target antisocial behaviour, such as intoxication and violence, as well as licensing and traffic offences.

Sen. Sgt Carroll said although violence wasn’t a major issue at the Southern 80, it occurred occasionally, mainly due to people drinking too much alcohol.

‘‘We get a bit of damage too, which is also related to excessive alcohol consumption,’’ he said.

Moama police Detective Sergeant Trent Swinton said 51 NSW police officers, including water police, trail bikes, highway patrol, licensing police, operational support group and high visibility police, would be out in force targeting antisocial behaviour, drink driving on the roads and river and intoxication in licensed premises.

With high temperatures expected this weekend, police on both sides of the border are urging spectators not to go in the river to cool down during the event.

‘‘Swimmers can place themselves and competitors at risk by entering the river and encroaching upon the race course,’’ Det. Sgt Swinton said.

‘‘NSW police and Victorian Police will be patrolling and monitoring the river banks to ensure safety is preserved.’’

Due to the hot conditions, Sen. Sgt Carroll said police would also make sure campers were aware of fire restrictions.

‘‘We’ll be focusing on campers’ behaviour, as there are always a lot of issues to do with noise and lighting fires,’’ he said.

‘‘What we find is that mums and dads are going camping by the river and are surrounded by other campers who may cause some issues.

‘‘We understand people come up here to enjoy themselves and that’s not an issue. Just do it responsibly and don’t annoy law-abiding citizens.’’

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