More than 1,500 people are arrested overnight in Melbourne as police try to reduce the number of people making it to the central station for a curfew.
Key points:Police are trying to make it harder for people to get into the city at nightOfficers say the problem is exacerbated by overcrowding and increased drug usePolice are also trying to increase the number who make it to stationsThe Victorian Police Federation (VFP) said about 7,500 of those arrested are from the CBD and the central business district.
Police said a large number of them are drug users.
“It is the CBD where people are getting the most serious problem,” Victoria Police Acting Commissioner Chris Gorman said.
“We have about 7000 drug users on the streets in Victoria, we are looking at around 5000 who are under the influence.”
Mr Gorman warned that police were also trying “to increase the numbers who make their way to stations”.
So if you are a drug user and you go to a station and then you are caught, we would urge you to call Crime Stoppers,” he said.”
If you are not in a station by 6:00am, you will be arrested.”
So if you are a drug user and you go to a station and then you are caught, we would urge you to call Crime Stoppers,” he said.
The Victorian Government said the problem was exacerbated by the overcrowding in the CBD.”
This is the city’s main hub, where people have to spend hours on the central platform every day,” Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said.
Police were also concerned about the impact drug users were having on the CBD, with some taking drugs on the train, driving through the CBD or sitting in a cafe.”
If we can get a more proportionate amount of people to make the CBD station, that would be fantastic,” Mr Andrews said on Saturday.”
But we can’t do that overnight.
We are going to need to do it in stages.
“Victoria Police will also be using mobile apps to help them keep tabs on the problem, including the VFP and local crime hotspots.
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