Victoria Police data reveals Australia Day is Victoria's most violent public holiday.January 25, 2014 6:56am
Police are asking people to keep safe this long weekend after the revelation Australia Day is Victoria’s most violent public holiday.
Victoria Police data reveals there are more assaults on Australia Day than any other public holiday.
Last year, there were 121 non-family violence related assaults — almost double that of an average day in Victoria.
There were also 109 assaults reported to police on Australia Day in 2012 and 121 the previous year.
Shepparton police Sergeant Mick Osmond urged people to control their alcohol intake to lessen the risk of violent behaviour.
‘‘Because alcohol is involved, we need to make sure everyone is safe,’’ Sgt Osmond said.
‘‘Just be careful. Have a good time and enjoy yourself, but be aware of the consequences of your actions.’’
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Tim Cartwright urged people not to let the celebration get out of control.
‘‘The nation has seen that it only takes one punch for someone to die or be seriously injured,’’ he said.
The police warning comes after Shepparton Liquor Accord chairman Ian Bulltold The News the group would consider proposing earlier lockout times to licensed premises to reduce street violence.
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