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Tipsy teens a headache

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The early morning clean up in Canberra's CBD, post-New Years Eve celebrations.

The early morning clean up in Canberra's CBD, post-New Years Eve celebrations. Photo: Karleen Minney

A number of young Canberrans will spend the first day of 2013 nursing a hangover after last night's New Year's Eve celebrations in the city.

Thousands of revellers flocked to Civic Square last night for the centenary-themed fireworks displays that marked the beginning of a year of celebrations in the capital.

Police said while the New Year's Eve crowd was generally well behaved, the large number of young people who appeared to be affected by alcohol was "concerning and disappointing".

Seagulls help with early morning clean-up in Canberra's CBD post-New years Eve celebrations. Click for more photos

New Years in Canberra, the aftermath

New Years in Canberra, the aftermath. Photo: Karleen Minney

ACT Policing had a busy night, conducting patrols by vehicle, on foot, and by vessel on the lake.

Some 15 young people were taken into into protective custody for either intoxication, possession of, or consumption of alcohol. The youngsters were held by police and released into the care of a parent or guardian.

Police took five intoxicated adults to the ACT Watch House, and four others were taken in for breaches of the peace.

Traffic Operations mobile officers were active into the early hours of this morning. A total of 263 random breath tests were conducted, with just two people returning low range positive results. Police issued six Traffic Infringement Notices.

In Sydney, almost 100 people were charged overnight with a range of offences, including drug supply and possession, assault, affray, assault police, breach of bail, offensive behaviour and malicious damage.

Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke said despite the arrests, most people celebrated responsibly.

“Around 1.6million people celebrated New Year's Eve in public areas across Sydney and the overwhelming majority enjoyed the festivities without incident,” he said.

“Unfortunately, there are a small group whose behaviour gained police attention and led to criminal charges. It's not the best way to start 2013.”

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