Emerald police seeking banning orders

NO NONSENSE: Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane.
NO NONSENSE: Emerald officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane. CONTRIBUTED

EMERALD police have put out a stern warning for all people attending licensed premises - if you play up inside, or near the premise outside, you could be banned.

Emerald police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Peter McFarlane said he was sick of seeing "drunken idiots" causing problems.

"Anyone arrested in or around licensed premises can expect that there can or will be an application to the court made for a banning notice," Snr Sgt McFarlane said.

"If issued by a magistrate it will prevent the offender from returning to any licensed premises in Emerald.

"Where possible, we will be making those applications."

Snr Sgt McFarlane said neither the police nor the community accepted alcohol-fuelled nuisances in public.

"We don't accept people leaving licensed premises and acting anti-socially," he said.

"We have all seen instances such as broken shop windows, damaged signs and personal property being damaged by drunken idiots."

Recently an Emerald woman faced court for anti-social behaviour outside an Emerald venue on Clermont St and received a ban from all premises in Emerald for 12 months.

Snr Sgt McFarlane said those applications would be made when police saw fit, and it would be left to the magistrate to decide if the offender received a banning order.

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