Police praise well-behaved revellers 

POLICE have praised the majority of Hunter revellers for their responsible approach to New Year's Eve after a relatively small number of incidents, including a Newcastle glassing, broke the sense of jubilation.

Officers were out in force as the region welcomed 2013, cracking down on a small anti-social minority among large crowds.

Newcastle duty officer Inspector Michael Gorman said more than 20 people were arrested during the city’s celebrations that attracted about 30,000 onlookers, mostly for incidents allegedly involving alcohol.

Three people were charged with drink-driving, six were detained for intoxication and the remainder will face  charges including assault, offensive behaviour, resisting arrest, intimidation and affray.

‘‘Unfortunately there’s still this small percentage of slow learners who ruin it for themselves and others,’’ Inspector Gorman said.

Among the most serious incidents was a glassing at Stockton that detectives were investigating yesterday.

Police were called to the Pitt Street Reserve about 11.20pm on New Year’s Eve after a man, 18, was struck in the back of the neck with a glass bottle.

Police said the man was talking to a woman in the reserve while celebrating the new year when another man attacked him.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact Newcastle police.

Central Hunter police praised crowds totalling more than 14,000 on Tuesday morning, with intoxication problems appearing to fall off on previous years.

Duty officer Inspector Tim Seymour said Central Hunter police were mostly impressed despite two arrests for assault and four drug detections.

‘‘If you are looking at 14,000 people the ratios there are pretty good,’’ Inspector Seymour said.

Hunter Valley police were also investigating reported gunshots in Stewarts Brook, east of Scone, in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Police said no-one was injured in the incident and their inquiries were ongoing.

Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens police said their New Year's Eve crowds were also well-behaved with several minor exceptions.

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