Gladstone watchhouse full-up after ‘quiet night’ in CBD

THE Gladstone Watchhouse was chock-full of partygoers this weekend after several arrests for drunken, violent behaviour.

Police arrested four people in the early hours of Friday morning for public nuisance and five others were busted and charged with public urination.

Police made another nine arrests for public nuisance on Saturday night.

Another three people were put behind bars when they failed to obey move on directions from the police.

A 34-year-old man who declined to provide a breath sample when he was pulled over on Glen Lyon Rd landed himself in the watchhouse on Saturday night.

Several drug related arrests were also made.

But volunteers of the street chaplaincy program said it was a quiet night for Gladstone.

Lead chaplain on Saturday night, Theuns Van Der Westhuizen, said he handed out about 120 bottles of water to partygoers but that was nothing compared to normal goings-on.

"I must say, I've seen much worse only a few weeks ago," he said.

The street chaplaincy program, which was launched at Easter, is part of a collective effort to clean up the streets and it falls under the Gladstone police's Operation Parasol umbrella.

Mr Van Der Westhuizen said he had seen a steep decline in public nuisance offences and violent behaviour in the CBD since the program started.

"It was an eye-opener when I first started. But from the start to where we are now, there is much less public nuisance and fighting," he said.

The $3450-a-night Operation Parasol initiative involves five police officers patrolling Gladstone's entertainment precinct on Friday and Saturday nights.

Earlier this month Gladstone police Inspector Les Bullus said since the operation began last June, there had been a 30% reduction in the number of assaults in the city's CBD.
 



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