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Police praise crowd behaviour at MCG

27/12/2006 08:53:34 PM Comments (0)

The records at the Boxing Day Test have extended beyond the cricket action, with police declaring the behaviour of this year's crowd the best ever.

The 39 fans evicted from Tuesday's blockbuster at the MCG compared to 77 last year.

On Wednesday, just seven supporters were expelled, 53 fewer than in 2005.

Region One Superintendent Mick Williams said he was impressed with the overall crowd's behaviour, with the number of evictions at a record low.

"It doesn't get much better than this. The crowd have behaved exceptionally well this year and it's a credit to the organisers and the fans," he said.

"We have always encouraged people to attend and have a good time, but to be mindful that their behaviour doesn't affect other people attending the match."

Supt Williams said most of the evictions involved people caught smuggling in alcohol.

New security measures, including more bag checks and strategically placed security cameras to hone in on trouble spots, had helped keep the crowds under control.

"This is without a doubt the best results we've had for the Boxing Day Test and I think cricket fans should be very proud of their behaviour," Supt Williams said.

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