1. Police are congratulating themselves and the community on keeping Melbourne Cup festivities reasonable.
- ACT Policing successfully ensured the safety and security of patrons during yesterday’s celebrations for the Melbourne Cup at the Canberra Racecourse.
More than 13,000 people attended the event with only five being taken into custody, four for intoxication and one for refusing to leave the venue and resisting arrest.
A further 28 people were ejected from the venue by private security and police due to anti-social and/or drunken behaviour. This was a significant drop from last year when 80 people were ejected from the event.
Police undertook a highly-visible presence both at the event and around the venue, and patrolled Civic and other licensed venues in the evening where patrons from the racecourse continued their celebrations.
ACT Policing also conducted random and targeted breath testing all over Canberra, over the Melbourne Cup celebrations.
Acting Deputy Chief Police Officer Michael Chew said there was a marked improvement in behaviour at this year’s event.
“The majority of people ensured their conduct was safe and in control.”
“Police did not tolerate public drunkenness and anti-social behaviour which detracts from other people enjoying the event. Those involved in such conduct were ejected from the venue.”
“A capacity crowd enjoyed the day and the safety and security of all was upheld,” said A/DCPO Chew.