Nearly 50 Schoolies And Toolies Charged Following First Weekend Of Celebrations

Most teens "well behaved"


19 November 2018

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More than a dozen schoolies have had their end-of-year celebrations cut short, after being arrested at Surfers Paradise.

Fifteen graduates were hand-cuffed over the first weekend of Queensland Schoolies, charged with 20 offences all up.

Most of them were accused of drug possession or public nuisance offences.

Despite the arrests, Assistant Commissioner Brian Wilkins said the majority of the teens behaved themselves.

"Over the weekend we had a number of minor incidents across the precinct but overall the behaviour of the schoolies since the start of this year's celebrations has been fantastic," he said.

"There were six arrested on Saturday night and nine last night so you've got a total of 15 kids out of in excess of 16,000 thousand, so to me those numbers are extremely low," he said.

Last year 19 schoolies were arrested over the first weekend.

Once again, toolies were proving to be a bigger problem than the teens though, with 35 older people arrested over the same period, mostly for drug and public nuisance offences.

"It has been typical over the number of years previously that there is more non-schoolies arrested," said Mr Wilkins.

The party isn't over yet though, with four more nights to go, police have this message for the kids.

"Go out in a safe environment, have a good time, look after yourself, make good decisions and look after your mates; that's all we ask," Mr Wilkins said.

 

 

 

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