Surf club bartender, 22, plunges to his death from a Gold Coast high rise - as police investigate if he was drunkenly hanging from the 15th floor balcony before he fell
Liam Kearns, 22, from Christchurch in New Zealand, fell from the 15th floor of the Breakers North building in Surfers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, around 12.30 on Tuesday morning. Police have described the 22-year-old's death as an accident and are investigating whether he had been hanging from the balcony before he fell.Mr Kearns had been working at the Northcliffe Surf Club in Surfers Paradise after moving from New Zealand six weeks ago, The Gold Coast Bulletin reported.
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Schoolies or schoolies week (also known as leavers' or leavers' week in Queensland Surfers Paradise and Western Australia and coasties in the Australian Capital Territory)
Queensland police have praised this year's school leavers after seeing no violent attacks and about half the number of school leavers arrested than the previous year.
Thousands of school leavers enjoyed their final night on the Gold Coast on Friday night after a week of celebration.
No major incidents were reported, however five male schoolies were arrested on 13 offences, which were mainly drug-related.
Last year's figure showed 18 schoolies were arrested in the same final night.
Schoolies warned to take care travelling through fire-affected Queensland and NSW
Thousands of students travelling through fire-affected Queensland and NSW for schoolies have been warned to take extra precautions as they prepare for end-of-school celebrations beginning tomorrow. Based on last year's predictions, more than 25,000 students are expected to flock to the Gold Coast while thousands more will travel to other coastal communities to celebrate the end of high school.Queensland Fire Emergency Services are strongly encouraging young people to pay close attention to any warnings or updates on the Queensland fires and follow the advice of authorities.
“We’ve recently seen the numbers of illegal border crossings rise from 40-year lows last April, back to previous levels,” she said. Apprehensions at the Southwest border in April 2017 totaled 11,127, down 71 percent from the figure a year earlier and 65 percent from January 2017, when Trump took office.
Queensland Police have said they have been pleased with the overall behaviour of the Schoolies crowds at Surfers Paradise since celebrations As day five began, police said they had arrested seven male Schoolies for 15 offences on Tuesday, mainly drug related. The number of arrests for
Nine non-schoolies were arrested on 12 offences, mainly relating to public nuisance and drug offences.
Queensland Ambulance Services assessed 40 females and 37 males in the Emergency Treatment Centre overnight.
Five of those patients required further assessment in hospital.
Acting chief superintendent Craig Hanlon said the schoolies had been "exceptional".
"There's always going to be a very, very small group that's going to come into the attention of police, we've dealt with them and we've all moved on," he said.
"There've been some people who have made mistakes in how they've managed themselves but on the lower end of the scale of offending and overall, it's been a great result.
"[We've been] seeing better behaviour of schoolies compared to 2018 and 2017.
"There were no acts of violence and the crowds were much more relaxed and I think they all enjoyed themselves as a result."
Acting chief superintendent Hanlon said 42 schoolies were arrested, which was about half the number compared to last year.
As Queensland school leavers will return home, a sea of interstate schoolies will descend on the Gold Coast.
Superintendent Hanlon said an increased police presence would remain in the Surfers Paradise precinct throughout the next two weeks.
With the majority of interstate schoolies being 18 years of age and over, the policing strategy will shift towards licensed venues.
Surf Coast personal trainer avoids jail following Schoolies drug bust .
A personal trainer and bodybuilder from Victoria's surf coast has avoided jail after being caught with a range of drugs destined for a popular Schoolies destination. Nat Findlay of Torquay was arrested early Monday morning after local police in the beachside town of Lorne – about 138 kms south-west of Melbourne – saw him acting suspiciously. Officers found an array of illicit drugs inside the 20-year-old's vehicle, including large quantities of MDMA and cannabis, along with ecstasy, ketamine, deal bags and more than $1710 in cash.