Police Reports relating to Gold Coast Schoolies 2014..
Day one of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Friday 21st Nov
Thousands of school leavers began arriving on the Gold Coast last night with many more expected to arrive today as the traditional Schoolies Week celebrations officially begin tonight.
Queensland Police will today be monitoring the influx of teenagers arriving and booking into their accommodation.
Overnight there were no schoolies arrested or fined on the Gold Coast.
There were 16 people arrested on 17 charges which were non-schoolies.
The majority of the non-schoolies arrested related to public nuisance and good order offences.
Day two of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Saturday 22nd Nov
Official celebrations started for former students last night when thousands of school leavers congregated around Surfers Paradise to enjoy the entertainment and facilities provided.
Generally police were pleased with the behaviour of schoolies, with only a small number of the large crowd coming to the attention of police.
Overnight police arrested 19 schoolies, 18 males and one female, on 23 offences. The majority of offences were for being drunk and public nuisance. There were eight arrests for drug offences.
42 schoolies were issued with liquor infringement notices for drinking in a public place.
Police arrested 35 non-schoolies on 40 charges, mainly for public nuisance and other good order offences, along with three non-schoolies issued with liquor infringement notices.
Day three of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Sunday 23rd Nov
The first weekend of celebrations for schoolies concluded last night with thousands of school leavers enjoying the entertainment on offer in Surfers Paradise.
Police were pleased with the behaviour of the vast majority of schoolies throughout the festivities on Sunday evening. There were a number of disturbances involving non schoolies that came to police attention and were quickly contained.
Overnight police arrested 26 schoolies on 30 offences with the majority of charges for public nuisance and street offence with seven schoolies arrested for drug offences. Of the schoolies arrested overnight 23 were males and three were female.
Liquor infringements notices were issued overnight to 77 schoolies.
So far since Friday night there have been a total of 45 schoolies arrested.
Overnight there were 27 people arrested on 32 charges which were not schoolies related and were mainly for drug, public nuisance and good order offences along with 22 non-schoolies receiving liquor infringement notices.
Day four of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Monday 24th Nov
Thirteen schoolies were arrested overnight on 16 charges for mainly public nuisance and street related offences with police pleased with the overall crowd behavior at the Surfers Paradise schoolies celebrations.
Of the 13 male schoolies arrested eight were for drug offences relating to cannabis and ecstasy.
There were also 80 schoolies given liquor infringement notices for drinking in a public place.
Of the non-schoolies arrested, there were 12 people arrested on 17 charges which were mainly for public nuisance.
There were also 12 liquor infringement notices issued to non-schoolies for drinking in a public place.
Day five of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Tuesday 25th Nov
Day five of schoolies on the Gold Coast continued to be free of any significant incidents with crowd numbers remaining steady in Surfers Paradise.
Overnight there were 16 schoolies arrested on 16 charges which included public nuisance and street offences. Of the 16 schoolies arrested there were eight people arrested for drugs mainly relating to cannabis.
Of those schoolies arrested 15 were male and one was female.
There were also 41 liquor infringement notices issued to schoolies.
Overnight police also arrested 28 people on 32 charges which were not schoolies related and were mainly for public nuisance and drug offences with 3 liquor infringement notices issued to non schoolies.
Day six of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Wednesday 26th Nov
Police were generally happy with the behaviour of the vast majority of school leavers on day six of schoolies on the Gold Coast.
Overnight there were 18 schoolies charged with 23 offences relating mainly to public nuisance and street offences with 16 schoolies given liquor infringement notices for drinking in a public place.
Of those 18 schoolies arrested 14 were males and four were female.
Also overnight 19 people were arrested on 26 charges which were not schoolies related and were mainly for public nuisance and drug offences. There were also seven non schoolies who were given liquor infringement notices
Day seven of Gold Coast Schoolies 2014 – Thursday 27th Nov
Overnight for day seven of schoolies there were 10 schoolies arrested on 12 charges which were for public nuisance and street offences.
Of the 10 schoolies arrested overnight there was also four charged with drug offences.
All the schoolies arrested overnight were males.
There were also 11 schoolies issued with liquor infringement notices for drinking in a public place.
In relation to non-schoolies overnight police arrested 14 people on 17 charges mainly for public nuisance and street offences with three non-schoolies receiving liquor infringement notices.
Completion of Gold Coast Schoolies Week 2014 – Friday 28th Nov
The official week of schoolies celebrations concluded this morning (Saturday 29th November) with thousands of school leavers enjoying a final night of organised activities in Surfers Paradise.
Overnight police arrested 29 schoolies on 32 offences with the majority of charges for public nuisance, being drunk in a public place and street offences.
There was a total of 35 non-schoolies arrested on 45 offences including public nuisance, and drug offences.
Since the police response to schoolies commenced on Friday November 21, 131 schoolies have been arrested on a total of 152 charges. There were 186 non-schoolies arrested on 226 charges during the same period.
Gold Coast District Officer Acting Chief Superintendent Des Lacy said he was overall pleased with the behaviour of the majority of this year’s schoolies.
“While the number of schoolies attending the hub this year was up on last year the number of arrests were down,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.
“This is a clear result of effective policing strategies and a continued strong collaboration between police and a range of organisations including the event organisers, government departments, the local council, and volunteer agencies such as the Red Frogs.”
While schoolies ends for Queensland school leavers a large number of interstate schoolies have begun arriving on the Gold Coast and an increased police presence will remain in the Surfers Paradise precinct throughout the next two weeks.
“The majority of interstate schoolies are over 18, and this will mean our focus will shift towards the policing of licensed venues,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.
“We want to remind our interstate visitors to do the right thing as we will be out there with a strong presence ensuring that anti-social behaviour and criminal activity will not be tolerated.
“We will be proactively targeting offences such as consuming alcohol in a public place.”
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Drug charges: Surfers Paradise 28 Nov 2014
Two 18-year-old men have been charged with drug offences following two separate incidents overnight at Surfers Paradise.
In the first, around 4.30pm yesterday officers noticed a teenager, who was wearing schoolies identification, walking through a Cypress Avenue, Surfers Paradise car park. Officers became suspicious of the teen and conducted a search of him and his vehicle, during which time they allegedly located a quantity of cash, cannabis and more than 100 ecstasy tablets.
The 18-year-old Holland Park man has been charged with two counts of possessing dangerous drugs and one count each of supplying dangerous drugs, possession of a utensil, possessing tainted property and possession of property suspected to have been used in the commission of an offence.
He was refused bail and remanded in custody, spending the night in the Southport Watchhouse before his appearance this morning in Court. A check of his schoolies ID revealed it to be fake.
In the second, police were called to the Schoolies Hub area around 10.20pm after security had spotted a man acting suspiciously. When police searched the man they allegedly located 25 MDMA (ecstasy) capsules and a quantity of cash.
The 18-year-old from Varsity Lakes has been charged with supplying dangerous drugs, possessing dangerous drugs, possessing anything used in the commission of crime and possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of an offence under Drugs Misuse Act. He was released on bail to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on December 16.
Acting Chief Superintendent Des Lacy said police were committed to providing a safe and drug free environment for young people visiting the Gold Coast for schoolies.
“We have a number of strategies specifically designed to help keep drugs away from schoolies. Some of these include high visibility policing patrols, the checking of IDs and the use of drug detection dogs, as well as covert strategies such as the use of plain clothes police officers.
“Young people, intent on celebrating their accomplishment of finishing 12 years of schooling and about to embark on the next exciting chapter of their lives, need to understand the dangers of taking illicit drugs and that even one tablet, or one time, can kill.
“We are out there to stop drugs getting into schoolie celebrations but we need teenagers to make the right choice too. Don’t risk your future on taking a substance that has undoubtable been mixed and cut with dangerous chemicals. It is a game of Russian roulette that only has one loser,” Acting Chief Superintendent Lacy said.
A TEENAGER has had a lucky escape after falling three storeys from a balcony during schoolies celebrations on the Gold Coast.
The 17-year-old reportedly fell from a Palm Avenue hotel in Surfers Paradise just after midnight this morning.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said a male patient was treated who had grazes to his back, but was not transported.
Robbery with violence, Broadbeach – 23 Nov 2014
Police are investigating after a man was assaulted and robbed at Broadbeach earlier this evening.
Preliminary information suggest around 7.30pm, an 18-year-old Upper Coomera man had been sitting on a stretch of beach near the intersection of Old Burleigh Road and Margaret Avenue when he was approached by a man.
They struck up a conversation before the man assaulted the 18-year-old, punching him in the head a number of times.
It is believed the man lost consciousness and awoke to find his mobile phone and shoes missing.
He was transported to the Gold Coast University hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening facial and head injuries.
Investigations are continuing.
Robbery with violence, Surfers Paradise – 23 Nov 2014
Police are investigating the robbery of an 18-year old Victorian man at Surfers Paradise in the early hours of this morning.
Just after midnight the man was sitting alone on the beach at Surfers Paradise when three teenaged males approached him.
Demands were made for the man surrender his money and phone before being punched several times in the head and torso.
The trio then left the scene with the man’s wallet and watch.
The man received first-aid treatment for swelling and bruising.
The men are described as being Pacific Islander in appearance and aged in their teens.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
Drug charges, Surfers Paradise – 23 Nov 2014
Police have charged two 17-year-old women with drug-related offences after a search warrant was executed at a Surfers Paradise hotel overnight.
Just after midnight, police conducted a search of a hotel room on Orchid Avenue where it will be alleged they uncovered a quantity of ecstasy tablets.
Two Ipswich women have been charged with possessing a dangerous drug. One of the women was additionally charged with supplying a dangerous drug.
They are due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court at a later date.