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Drunken violence down, say Sydney police

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Violent assaults in Kings Cross and central Sydney have fallen dramatically since lockout laws were introduced five weeks ago, police say.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch has told the

the number of assaults has halved since the O’Farrell government enforced its lockout legislation on February 24.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman says there has been an almost 30 per cent drop in the number of assault victims treated by officers compared to the same period last year, the paper reports.

Reported assaults had fallen significantly and other violent acts and drunkenness were also down, Mr Murdoch said.

Under the new laws, all venues in Kings Cross, the CBD and the Rocks must enforce a 1.30am lockout and stop serving drinks after 3am.

Bottle shops are required to close at 10pm.

Misbehaving drunks will be slapped with fines of up to $1100 after the government yesterday increased the penalties as part of its crackdown on alcohol fuelled violence.