Intoxicated minors sour note to Merimbula’s New Year’s Eve
The over consumption of alcohol by minors on New Year’s Eve saw a number of young females taken by ambulance to hospital, and alcohol related violent incidents among young people, has caused the Merimbula Police to point the finger of blame directly at their parents.
“It is not the responsibility of police or holiday park administrators to ensure children are not consuming alcohol. This responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of their parents, with police, ambulance and hospital staff left to deal with the effects,“ Merimbula Police Sergeant Clifton Scarlett said.
A number of intoxicated minors had their parents contacted, and were conveyed home and infringements issued.
Police have serious concerns in relation to the lack of supervision of some juveniles and their consumption of alcohol.
About 10.30pm police were called to the Pambula Beach to the surf club/ Discovery Holiday Park area to disperse a large group of young people embroiled in a fight. There were no serious injuries, but police were required to patrol the area throughout the night.
Police were also kept busy through the early hours of the morning with a number of people issued with move on directions for intoxication and aggressive behaviour in Merimbula’s CBD. A number of infringement notices were issued for offences such as offensive behaviour, fighting and swearing. In a separate incident a man was allegedly assaulted at Club Sapphire. The victim was conveyed to hospital where he received four sutures to a laceration to his lip. Police enquiries are continuing.
On a happier note, Sgt Scarlett said the crowd behaviour at Ford Park Merimbula fireworks where an estimated crowd of 7000 people was in attendance was “excellent” with only a few people removed for intoxication and or anti-social behaviour.
He said the work carried by the ARISE group/the Red Frogs organisation was excellent in the way it engaged the youngsters at the fireworks and supplied them with water and red frogs.
Sgt Scarlett said he was appalled by the amount of rubbish left around the town.
“It was quite disgusting and some people need to have a hard look at themselves.”