ACT Policing: Crowds well behaved at Cup celebrations (3 November 2009)

afpcorporatesignatureACT Policing has praised the behaviour of Melbourne Cup revellers at Thoroughbred Park with the majority of patrons acting responsibly over the course of the day.

It is estimated that approximately 12,000 people attended the event today with only two people taken into custody for fighting.

A further eight people were evicted from the venue by private security officers and police due to anti-social and/or drunken behaviour. This was a significant drop from last year when 28 people were ejected from the event.

Police undertook a highly-visible presence both at the event and around the venue, and conducted random and targeted breath testing throughout the day.

Acting Superintendent Daryl Neit said the behaviour at this year’s event was praiseworthy.

“The majority of patrons were well behaved and ensured their conduct was safe and in control,” Acting Superintendent Neit said.

“Although the festivities at the racecourse have now wrapped up, ACT Policing will continue to have a strong presence in and around Civic and other licensed venues around the capital this evening as patrons continue their celebrations.

“Police are urging these revellers to ensure they continue their good behaviour and celebrate the night in a safe manner and in accordance with the law,” he said.

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