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Fatboy Slim played to a sold out crowd at the Red Hill Auditorium Electric Gardens event on January 19. Picture: Red Hill Auditorium

Police presence at sold out Red Hill shows

YOUNG crowds and two sold out shows at Red Hill Auditorium called for an increased police presence and traffic control at the venue this month.

Red Hill Auditorium owner Marcus Sarich said unprecedented parking issues arose after a younger than usual crowd packed out the January 12 concert featuring American rapper Post Malone.

“Generally we don’t have a problem with parking,” he said.

“The change of demographic meant we had kids getting dropped off at the event between 7 and 10pm but at the end of the show everyone showed up at the same time, we had hundreds of cars.

“It was grid lock and something we’ve never seen before because people usually catch buses or drive, or find alternative transport.”

WA Police media liaison officer Susan Usher said it was an unusual case where more concert goers than anticipated arrived to buy tickets, but as the event was sold out, police were required to assist with the traffic management of those exiting the area.

Venue staff met with police and a traffic management company to further boost security at its following Friday concert featuring Fatboy Slim, also sold out.

WA Police regional operations group officers were deployed in the later part of the evening after unruly patrons attempted to re-enter the concert after being ejected by security staff.

One arrest was made for disorderly conduct without any further incident.

“We’re there to provide a safe environment, if someone was ejected then they were displaying unacceptable behavior,” Mr Sarich said.

“People need to be well behaved and consider people around them.

“We do ID checks, bag checks, we have a very tight checking procedure to make sure everyone is doing the right thing.”

Ms Usher said police had no issues with security at Red Hill Auditorium, who were “always of assistance with any concerns local police may have”.

By Claire Ottaviano

 

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