Friday, 4 May 2018

'Have fun but behave yourself': Police Operation ahead of A-League Grand Final

BY LAUREN FREEMANTLE

Police will be out in force as around 30,000 football fans head to the A-League Grand Final tomorrow night.

More than 200 officers will be on hand at various locations including McDonald Jones Stadium and the two live sites at King Edward Park and Speers Point Park.

Mounted police, the Dog Squad and the PolAir helicopter will assist officers on the ground.

Detective Superintendent, Wayne Humphrey said fans from both the Jets Squadron and the Victory will be marching to the ground.

"They will be marching from different locations and different directions to the stadium and we will be facilitating that movement along the streets," he said.

Motorists are advised special event clearways and roadblocks will be in place along both sides of Turton Road, which will be tow-away zones.

Wayne Humphrey issued a warning to revellers to behave themselves.

"The message I want to get across to anyone going to the event or attending licenced premises or live sites [Newcastle's King Edward Park or Speers Point Park] is - just behave.

"You can be raucous and barrack, but if you do anything that is unlawful or disturbs the peace, you will be dealt with by police," Superintendent Humphrey concluded.

Meanwhile, football fans heading to tomorrow night's decider are being urged to leave the car at home.

Free park and ride services will be operating from Wallsend Library, Westfield Kotara and Customs House every 10 minutes from 5pm until kick-off, and again after the game until late.

Keolis Downer Corporate Affairs Director, Andrew Fletcher said extra bus services will also be running from Queens Wharf via Mayfield, Glendale and Swansea Heads but these are not free - so don't forget your Opal card.

Newcastle City Council CEO Jeremy Bath urged fans to make use of the free park and ride shuttles from within the CBD to King Edward Park for the live-screening of the match.

For more transport information, head to the Stadium's website.


Detective Superintendent Wayne Humprey. 



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