'Ferals' run wild in town

IT SEEMS Warwick has taken out the prize for best behaviour over Stanthorpe, with Australia Day celebrations causing police grief in the south of the region.

What was meant to be a day of Vegemite-eating and patriotic chanting, turned out to be an "un-Australian" nightmare for Stanthorpe police.

Officer in charge of the Stanthorpe station, Senior Sergeant Mark Ireland said he was disappointed with the poor behaviour of a few of their "feral" locals.

"It was a case of some local ferals celebrating Australia Day like ferals do," Snr Sgt Ireland said.

When one reveller received a $100 fine for drinking in public, police were met with a comment stating police actions were "un-Australian".

Snr Sgt Ireland said it was much in the reverse.

"The only thing un-Australian was the pathetic, loutish behaviour exhibited by the minority who regularly go out, get intoxicated, and spoil it for others who genuinely go out to have a good time," he said.

Police had to deal with a number of liquor-related incidents in and around licensed premises and various street disturbances which resulted in three people being issued with fines for drinking in public.

Two were fined for public nuisance and five for various traffic offences among other things.


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