'Normal Friday and Saturday night': no battles for police on Anzac weekend

DESPITE it being a busy night at licensed venues in Orange over the Anzac Day long weekend, revellers were generally well behaved according to police and licensees.

Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Gerard Powell said there were no more arrests over this period than there would have been on any other Friday or Saturday night.

“It was pretty good when you think about how many people were out and about,” Inspector Powell said.

Inspector Powell said despite staff at a number of licensed premises being forced to ask patrons to leave due to their high levels of intoxication, there was very little trouble.

“None of the incidents required police to come and certainly there was nothing more than what would happen on a normal Friday and Saturday night,” he said.

At 7.20pm on Friday police charged a 38-year-old P-plate driver with special range drink-driving in Peisley Street while at 12.35am on Saturday they charged a 22-year-old driver with mid range drink-driving in Collwood Crescent 

At 10.10pm on Saturday police issued a 23-year-old Warners Bay man with a criminal infringement notice in Lords Place after he was ejected from a pub and behaved offensively to police and on Sunday at 10.30pm police were called to a house in March Street where a man had assaulted four people at a family get together.

Orange Liquor Accord president Bill Kelly confirmed Anzac Day ran smoothly for most venues.

Despite talk of regular Friday trading hours, he said he closed his venue at 10pm rather than midnight and most of the venues in Summer Street seemed quiet by that time.

“Everyone was in a good mood,” Mr Kelly said.

“Two-up was supposed to finish at 6pm and that happened as far as I know.

“It’s become more of a family day, people are looking for somewhere to have some family time.”

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