Most behaved on Australia Day, say NSW police

POLICE in NSW say most revellers were on their best behaviour on Australia Day, but a handful of drunks still managed to ruin celebrations in some parts of the state.

Most of the 100 arrests in NSW on Sunday were linked to assaults on police and other members of the public, offensive behaviour, breaching bail and drink-driving.

More than 2000 officers were deployed across the state as part of Operation Shoreline, a high visibility policing operation targeting anti-social behaviour and alcohol related crime.

Part of the operation focussed on Sydney where tens of thousands of people flocked to popular events in the CBD, Parramatta, Bondi and the northern beaches.

Water police patrolled the coastline between Sydney and northern NSW where the number of recreational boats on the water more than doubled.

Operation Shoreline Commander, Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch said the majority of people were able to attend and enjoy Australia Day events without trouble but that alcohol remained a problem.

"Excessive alcohol consumption was again of concern, and in some cases led to arrests and charges being laid," Ass Com Murdoch said

"The small number of people that chose to do the wrong thing were targeted and swiftly dealt with by police."

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