More than 180 arrested in weekend police blitz

Police visited more than 800 pubs, clubs and bars in Victoria as part of Operation Unite.
Photo / File
Police visited more than 800 pubs, clubs and bars in Victoria as part of Operation Unite. Photo / File

More than 180 people were arrested in Victoria over the weekend as part of an Australia- and New Zealand-wide police blitz on drunken violence.

Hundreds of police saturated Melbourne streets and regional centres, including Geelong and Shepparton, for Operation Unite. Police patrolled in and around licensed venues, entertainment precincts and public transport hubs.

As part of the blitz, police visited more than 800 pubs, clubs and bars throughout Victoria and detected 44 licensing breaches.

According to preliminary figures for Operation Unite, across Victoria there were 158 drunk arrests and 26 arrests for assault.

Deputy Commissioner Kieran Walshe said on Sunday that the operation had been a success overall.

-AAP

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