Police on alert for antisocial fans

Dominique BayensGeraldton Guardian
Senior Sergeant Julie Leighton and Senior Sergeant Brad Bird, West Coast Eagles’ Andrew Gaff, City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn and GNFL President Colin Cox.
Camera IconSenior Sergeant Julie Leighton and Senior Sergeant Brad Bird, West Coast Eagles’ Andrew Gaff, City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn and GNFL President Colin Cox. Credit: Supplied

Geraldton police officer Senior Sergeant Brad Bird is hoping for a trouble-free weekend in the lead-up to the Western Derby match.

The Dockers fan wants footy patrons to enjoy themselves but is warning against antisocial behaviour.

“It’s going to showcase Geraldton to the State but WA police will be taking zero tolerance against antisocial behaviour and the consumption of alcohol in public places,” he said.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the City had been working closely with police, security, local clubs and stakeholders to ensure the event ran smoothly.

“This match will be broadcast all around Australia and it is a huge opportunity for Geraldton to cement ourselves as a destination for other large-scale events,” he said.

Snr Sgt Bird said anyone under the influence of alcohol or drugs would be refused entry to the match.

“Police will be out in force ... I want people to look out for each other,” he said.

“We do not want anyone to get injured and, furthermore, we want the community to showcase Geraldton in a positive way.”

With more than 10,000 people expected to attend the match at Wonthella Oval on Saturday, Snr Sgt Bird also reminded the community to be especially mindful of property and homes.

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