POLICE took 23 intoxicated individuals to the ACT Watch Home in Civic’s New 12 months’s Eve celebrations final night time and issued 26 exclusion instructions for violent conduct.

“Basic crowd behaviour within the metropolis was poor, with police responding to quite a few fights and incidents of alcohol-related violence leading to accidents,” says A/Insp Shane Mundie.

Two younger individuals had been additionally taken into custody for alcohol possession, and later returned to the custody of their mother and father.

Police additionally performed 310 roadside breath assessments which recognized 4 cases of drink driving, with one driver returning a breath evaluation of 0.141.

A/Insp Mundie says the behaviour in Civic was a poor strategy to start 2023.

“Police are disenchanted with the excessive variety of extraordinarily intoxicated members of the group we noticed final night time, significantly those that had been unable to take care of themselves,” he says.

“I perceive the previous few years with the pandemic have meant New 12 months’s Eve celebrations could have been quieter than most, however what police noticed final night time was regarding.

“There will likely be some individuals waking up this morning feeling very sore and sorry for themselves, and a few will likely be dealing with a court docket date to reply legal expenses.”

Earlier within the night, an estimated 30,000 individuals gathered at Lake Burley Griffin for the 9pm fireworks. The quantity attending the midnight show was far much less. No arrests had been made, and the lakeside crowd was usually properly behaved, police say.