Cops to ensure safety & ace experience at the Australian Open

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MELBOURNE,16 January 2017: Two weeks of tantalising tennis will be served up at the Australia Open, with police on hand to make sure everyone stays safe and has an ace experience.

As the crowds flock to Melbourne Park, police will patrol the area to prevent disruptive behaviour and ensure the welfare of everyone attending.

Superintendent Peter O’Neill said police would not tolerate anyone wanting to spoil the fun.

“The vast majority of attendees at the Australian Open are simply there to enjoy some world class tennis,” he said.

“But anyone caught causing trouble at the event can expect to be evicted or even face charges under the Major Sporting Events Act.”

Superintendent O’Neill said police and event organisers’ number one priority was the safety and security of all attendees.

“Security arrangements are in place to help with crowd and traffic management, but we’d ask people to be patient when heading through security gates.

“Getting home safe is just as important. Don’t make an unforced error by not planning your journey home in advance – map out your public transport route and never drink and drive.”

This year the Australian Open 2016 runs from 16 to 29 January.

SOURCE: Victoria Police

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