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Police praise festival goers - Byron Bay

Wednesday, 19 April 2017 12:36:55 PM

Police have praised festival goers following this years ‘Bluesfest’ which was held at Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend.

The festival which ran from Thursday 13 April to Monday 17 April was held at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on the Pacific Highway and attracted large crowds each day.

During the five-day event police from Tweed/Byron and Richmond Local Area Commands, as well as officers from the Operational Support Group and Dog Squad, monitored the behaviour of festival goers.

The police operation targeted anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol-related offences and public safety.

During the operation, police charged 14 people and issued 82 cannabis cautions.

Crime manager, Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command said the majority of festival goers were well behaved and had an enjoyable and safe time, however, there are concerns about illicit drugs at festivals.

“Festival goers were generally well behaved, however, there remains an element that persists in bringing illicit drugs to festivals.

“Using drugs is a behaviour that can lead to critical health issues and criminal records for those caught.

“Tweed/Byron police are committed to providing a safe environment to people attending festivals in this area.

“Drug detection operations at festivals will continue in both an overt and covert manner in the future,” Det Ch. Ins Cullen said.