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Police happy with low number of NY arrests

AAP logoAAP 31/12/2016

Police patrolling New Year's celebrations across Sydney have made 15 arrests, a low figure they say, considering the crowds were the biggest in recent years.

Assistant Commissioner Nick Fuller told reporters that, as of 1.30am on Sunday, the number of arrests was half what it was last year, an "outstanding result".

"From our perspective we really feel the community heeded our warnings," he said.

"They planned the night and they've acted in good faith and really seen 2016 out in a positive way."

The arrests were mainly to do with heavy alcohol consumption and assaults, including some minor assaults on police officers, Assistant Commissioner Fuller said.

Crowd numbers at many vantage points around the harbour reached capacity by 9pm, which was "very unusual", he said.

In total, more than one million people squeezed onto Sydney's foreshore to watch the famous fireworks display.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore was delighted with the night and thanked police and the community for staying safe.

"I am very pleased the morning after when I can come out here and say it was a very safe night, because there is always some anxiety that someone will do something silly or something will happen," she said.

"It is very good that we can put on the best New Year's in the world and it can be so successful, so safe and such a happy occasion."

Ms Moore also praised the efforts of more than 100 clean-up workers who cleared about 60 tonnes of waste in a $290,000 clean-up effort.

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