Seven in lock-up on New Year's Eve

Intoxicated revellers kept Ballarat police on their toes, with seven drunks held in lock-up overnight on New Year’s Eve. 

One person was even nabbed at noon yesterday. 

Four people were arrested in Ballarat’s nightclub precinct, while the other three were found wandering the streets in Wendouree and Delacombe. 

Police were called out to two instances of criminal damage, including a light pole that was knocked into the front yard of a Wendouree home. 

Senior Sergeant Neale Robinson said police were investigating damage to a car in Wendouree.

“Investigations are pending in relation to the offenders for that one.” 

No drink-drivers were nabbed during the festivities, despite police setting up a random breath test station on Tuesday night. 

Senior Sergeant Neale Robinson said fireworks and noise complaints were common throughout the night. 

“There were reports of fireworks in various areas across Ballarat,” Senior Sergeant Robinson said. 

“They are illegal to possess and to use.”

But police did not charge anyone as a result of possession. 

Senior Sergeant Robinson said while police could be quite busy, there wasn’t a trend for criminal activity during this time of year. 

“It’s been interesting lately.

“Some days we will get a lot of jobs, other days we don’t,” he said.

“The people around here were pretty well behaved, with most of the people having a good time. 

“It was a reasonably busy night for us.” 

Ballarat Police Operation Summer Stay will wrap up  tomorrow and will be replaced by Operation Crossroads.

Operation Crossroads will target drink-driving and speeding.

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