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Police praise skyworks crowd
Fireworks light up the Perth sky. Picture: Ben Crabtree/The West Australian

Police have commended revellers celebrating Australia Day in Perth for an “almost incident-free” 30th Skyworks event.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Lawrence Panaia said the number of arrests was down on last year.

“Given the vast number of people attending the various all-day events, there were a relatively small number of incidents which required police action,” Mr Panaia said.

Despite the fall in the number of arrests from last year, State-wide more than 100 people were arrested or summonsed for a total of 129 offences.

Just one person was charged with assault, but 41 disorderly behaviour charges were laid and 145 move-on notices issued.

There were 17 drug infringements and 27 liquor infringements issued.

Almost 80 people were issued with traffic infringements.

One person was charged with driving under the influence, one with driving at excess of 0.05 per cent and one with driving at excess of 0.08 per cent.

The West Australian

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