POLICE have praised the thousands of festival goers who attended this years ‘Bluesfest’ in Bryon Bay.
Dozens of local police and officers from the Operation Support Group and Dog Squad monitored the five-day festival which was held at the Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm over the Easter long weekend.
The police operation targeted anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol-related offences and public safety.
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In all, 14 people were charged. A further 82 people were issued with cannabis cautions.
Detective Chief Inspector Brendon Cullen said the majority of festival goers were well behaved.
“Festival goers were generally well behaved, however, there remains an element that persists in bringing illicit drugs to festivals,” Det. Chief Insp. Cullen said.
“Using drugs is a behaviour that can lead to critical health issues and criminal records for those caught.
“Tweed/Byron police are committed to providing a safe environment to people attending festivals in this area.
“Drug detection operations at festivals will continue in both an overt and covert manner in the future.”