Party-goers misbehave in Agnes Water
A 16-year-old boy was seriously assaulted after New Year's Eve celebrations at Agnes Water, but according to police in the district, sufficient officers were available for the peak holiday weekend.
Agnes Water Police Sergeantin-charge John Edwards said police were questioning youths in relation to the assault, in which the 16-year-old was knocked unconscious before being taken to Gladstone hospital were he was placed under observation then released on New Year's Day.
Sgt Edwards said on New Year's Eve alone, 23 liquor infringement notices were handed out and five drink drivers were caught on Agnes Water roads.
He said as well as drink driving, 12 speeding offences were committed, with the highest speed recorded at 134 km/hr in a 100 km/hr zone.
Sgt Edwards said despite the number of incidents that occurred, Agnes Water police had support from staff in cluster regions including Miriam Vale, Rosedale and Gladstone.
Gladstone District Police Inspector Rowan Bond said police were kept "extremely busy'' at Agnes on New Year's Eve.
"There were a number of incidents all over the district, but particularly in Agnes Water where fights started, people had been drinking too much alcohol and incidents occurred in camping areas,'' he said.
However, Insp Bond said support from other police districts meant there were sufficient police available to deal with the situation.
"There were a number of police on hand, and support by other areas ? there is an expectation that the area will be busy around schoolies and New Year's and for that reason we can have access to officers from other regions,'' he said.
Insp Bond said while disturbances were caused by a minority of party-goers, police were asking the public to assist police by being better behaved and showing common sense.