The estimated 280,000-strong Multicultural Festival crowd was mostly well-behaved over the weekend, with seven people were taken into custody for being intoxicated and one arrested for offensive behaviour, according to ACT Policing.
A 22-year-old Reid man will face the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date in relation to charges of offensive behaviour in a public place and possessing a knife without reasonable excuse.
Of those taken into custody for intoxication, four were removed from the festival on Friday night and three on Saturday night.
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Police also received three reports of assault over the weekend. These were being investigated.
Operation Commander for the event Detective Acting Superintendent Jason Kennedy said the vast majority of the crowd was well-behaved.
“The mood of the crowd was friendly and only a handful of people were dealt with by police,” he said.
As a long-term sponsor of the festival, the main focus for ACT Policing at the event was to encourage Canberrans to understand and accept diversity, to connect with the local multicultural community and to ensure everyone celebrated safely, Detective Acting Superintendent Kennedy said.
ACT Policing held their own stall with the theme ‘Supporting Unity in Our Community’ and offered younger festival goers the opportunity to explore a police car and meet Constable Kenny Koala.