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Hunter Valley Police District disappointed they've had to respond to a number of alcohol-fueled incidents

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Hunter Valley Police District (HVPD) officers are disappointed they've had to respond to a number of alcohol-fueled incidents recently.

The incidents have been across Cessnock, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone and most have involved someone heavily intoxicated. 

On Saturday, January 11 a 25-year-old man allegedly punched another male outside a hotel on Railway Parade in Muswellbrook.

A 28-year-old man was taken to Muswellbrook Hospital for treatment. 

It's understood the 25-year-old who had been drinking at the hotel became upset and started to punch the man outside while the victim and a friend were waiting to be picked up.

Also in Muswellbrook police pulled over a Nissan Navara in Sydney Street on Sunday January 12 where the 38-year-old driver was breathalysed and returned a positive reading.

The man was arrested and taken to Muswellbrook Police Station and submitted to another breath test which returned a reading in the High Range. His drivers’ licence was suspended on the spot.  

In Scone, police were called to Bhima Drive at 3am on Saturday when a very intoxicated 20-year-old male went into a home where the family was asleep.

The homeowner confronted the man and pushed him outside until police arrived - From inquiries made, the male had been at a party in the street and had gone for a ride on a motor bike when it stopped. The male returned to the wrong house and that is when Police were called.

The man was arrested and taken to Scone Police Station.

Singleton Police were driving past a Hotel in George Street on the same night when they saw about a dozen people involved in an affray outside the Hotel. 

They stopped and saw several males with various injuries and rendered first aid to a male who had a large laceration to his head. 

Backup had to be called to the location as the group, many who were moderately affected by alcohol, continued to try and fight each other. Police are continuing with their inquiries.  

HVPD Officers are urging everyone to please drink responsibly and look after your mates and are also reminding everyone that police patrol Licensed premises. 

If you are asked to leave a Licensed premises by the person in charge, YOU MUST LEAVE - Officers say failing to quit can turn a good night into a bad night.  

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