Badly behaving patrons keep police busy

Griffith and Leeton police were kept busy on the weekend responding to alcohol and drug related incidents, including an alleged indecent assault.

Griffith and Leeton police were kept busy on the weekend responding to alcohol and drug related incidents, including an alleged indecent assault.

GRIFFITH and Leeton police were kept busy on the weekend responding to alcohol and drug related incidents, including an alleged indecent assault.

A 30-year-old Rutherglen man was locked up and fined $550 after he refused to leave a hotel in Banna Avenue about 11.30pm on Saturday night.

A 27-year-old Griffith man, who was stopped by police on Banna Avenue about 10.45pm on Saturday, will face Griffith Court next month after police found he was in possession of a small amount of the drug ice.

Police also fined two Griffith men, aged 18 and 29, for urinating on a footpath after leaving a hotel about 3am Sunday morning.

Two men who failed roadside breath tests will also appear in court.

A 26-year-old allegedly returned a reading of 0.073, while a 28-year-old had a reading of 0.050.

Griffith Local Command Inspector Anthony Reneker said police would continue to target these offences.

“Police will continue to target alcohol related crime so law abiding citizens can enjoy their night out without having to put up with anti social behaviour,” Inspector Reneker said.

There were also a number of alcohol related incidents in Leeton on the weekend.

A 24-year-old Leeton man was punched in the face and head outside a Leeton hotel atbout 11.30pm on Friday night.

The offender is known to the victim and police are investigating the incident.

Police also attended a brawl at the premises a short time later.

About 12.45am on Sunday morning Leeton police attended a melee outside another hotel in Pine Avenue.

Police were forced to use OC spray to subdue a number of people involved.

This melee may be related to an incident earlier that night in which a 19-year-old Leeton woman was allegedly indecently assaulted by a male person in the hotel.

Investigations are ongoing.

“It is disappointing that these types of disturbances are occurring,” Inspector Reneker said.

“We work closely with all licensed premises to avoid these types of incidents and we will continue to meet with licensees to see where improvements can be made.”

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