Police to crack down on hoons

AUTHORITIES say they will not tolerate street racing hoons on race week, warning that scores of extra police will be on patrol across the city.

Northern Region Commander Assistant Commissioner Max Mitchell said there would be a strong police presence in entertainment precincts, with officers targeting excessive alcohol consumption and crowd behaviour.  

“What we want to make sure is that we have a safety net for after the event, and the strong likelihood that patrons will move to Honeysuckle and other entertainment precincts, perhaps in Hamilton and even out to Maitland,” he said.

Mr Mitchell said police would also be stationed in Newcastle’s outer suburbs, where there is potential for street racing.

“If anyone wants to drive in hoon-like activity, the highway patrol will be all over them,” he said. “They’ll be lucky to drive their cars home.”

Organisers expect a crowd of more than 150,000 over the three-day season-ending race. The Cold Chisel concert at Foreshore Park has already sold out.