Visitors to St Kilda this summer will no longer be allowed to drink alcohol on the foreshore, due to a booze ban which was introduced following a spate of fights and assaults.
Last month the City of Port Phillip voted to ban alcohol on the beach, making it the latest to do so and bringing it in line with other popular beaches such as Sydney’s Coogee and Bondi beaches.
Victorian Police said they will also be targeting St Kilda Beach in Operation SandSafe this summer.
Recently police had to use capsicum spray in the arrest of 2 men after a larger group of youths allegedly assaulted and robbed a man.
Last month a group of youths attacked 2 men and smashed a bottle over one man’s head and punching the other.
The current ban extends current restrictions which prevent drinking from 8:00pm until noon every day. Police said this was extremely difficult to enforce.
In the past such bans had led to a drop in violent incidents.