Police vow to keep up patrols

POLICE have warned late-night revellers to get used to an increased police presence at trouble spots after a second successive weekend blitz caught two alleged robbers and a group of men who had allegedly broken a bouncer’s jaw.

The 50-officer strong Operation Roaming hit the streets of Newcastle and Hamilton again on the weekend in a high-visibility campaign following an increase in street robberies and assaults.

Among the cases was the arrest and charging of two teenagers who had allegedly bashed and robbed another young man at Waratah train station on Friday night.

Four men who had allegedly set on bouncers after being refused entry at a Newcastle nightspot on Saturday night will face a series of charges including assault, affray and resist arrest.

It will be alleged one of the security guards had his jaw broken in the incident.

‘‘All in all we were pretty happy with the behaviour of the majority,’’ Newcastle City crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Humphrey said.

‘‘But despite the high presence of police there are still people out there who are out of control and continue to be.

‘‘Rest assured, the winter may quieten things down but our presence will remain.’’

Together with the charges, police handed out dozens of tickets on trains and buses for not complying with the rules.

Two people were cautioned for possessing cannabis, eight people fined for offensive conduct and one person handed an infringement notice for littering.

Over the two nights, police conducted 87 inspections on licensed premises.

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