Mildura violence crackdown: Alcohol-fuelled behaviour targeted

MILDURA police have called on Melbourne-based reinforcements for the Easter long weekend to help combat a rise in alcohol-fuelled violence.

We are not the fun police. We are not here to negatively impact on people having a good time.

The city was yesterday named as one of three areas of Victoria to be targeted in this weekend’s Operation Unite — an operation that spans Australia and New Zealand and each year focuses on different areas subject to current intelligence.

Mildura police Inspector Simon Clemence said police had requested the attention of Operation Unite for the weekend.

“In Mildura, we have asked for this attention because we have seen a rise in the number of public order and alcohol-related offences in recent months, including several alcohol-fuelled brawls and we want to put a stop to that behaviour and the drivers behind it,” Insp Clemence said.

“In fairness to our Mildura locals, some of these incidents have been generated by our backpacker visitors so we are driving a campaign in that demographic to get the message out about alcohol abuse and appropriate public behaviour.”

Insp Clemence said there would be a “significant number” of additional police personnel attending from Melbourne and the message to people in the area was clear — “there will be no warnings this weekend”.

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