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Police use capsicum spray to break up a South Stradbroke Island festival brawl

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Police on the island then called for back-up, so extra officers were brought from the mainland on a Volunteer Marine Rescue boat.

After the fight, a moored vessel suffered minor damage when a festival patron bumped a control lever, causing the boat to scrape against a jetty.

This was followed by a delay in commercial vessels arriving to take festival-goers back to the mainland, further agitating the crowd.

No charges or fines arose from the incidents, but police continue to investigate potential liquor licensing and COVID breaches.



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