Police take action to keep reducing assaults in Gladstone

ASSAULTS in Gladstone are down from last financial year, despite an overall increase in the number of assaults across the Central Region.

Last week the Queensland Police Service Annual Statistical Review found 293 assaults were reported in the 2011/2012 period compared to 324 incidents recorded for 2010/2011.

This comes as the Central Region of Queensland recorded a 3% increase of assaults from 494 to 508 in 2011/2012.

The numbers of grievous assaults were up from 20 to 26 in the past 12 months, with the number of common assaults also increasing from 118 to 129 for the 2011/12 financial year.

Gladstone District Acting Superintendent Darren Somerville said police would continue to be proactive in reducing the number of assaults in the district.

"Obviously police are concerned about the number of assaults in the area and are taking action to prevent future incidents," Act Supt Somerville said

"Everyone has the right to a good time, but when other people start interfering with another person's night out, that's when trouble starts."

The number of serious assault incidents in the Central Region has increased by 12% in the past 12 months.

There were 215 serious assaults recorded in 2010/2011, while 217 were recorded in 2011/2012.

In September three Gladstone venue owners met with police to help curb street violence on Friday and Saturday nights.

For a period of six weeks, lock out times for nightspots The Reef, Bojangles and Central Lane Hotel were imposed, with patrons not being able to enter the premises after a certain time.



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