SHAKEN Bridport campers were yesterday still coming to terms with the alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour they witnessed by drunken, out-of-control youths in the camping ground on New Year’s Eve.

Police arrested 14 youths from across

Tasmania’s North, including Bridport, for incidents stemming from the over-consumption of alcohol.

Craig Bartlett, of Launceston, was nearly run over when a car driven by a P-plater slid around a corner on a dirt camping ground access road.

One disgusted onlooker estimated the car’s speed on the 5km/h track at 60 km/h.

”When Craig and I confronted the driver on his way back – it was a no-through road -he just drove his car at us,” the man, who asked not to be named, said.

”Then he slid back around the corner the

way he had come, just moments after a young girl had crossed the track – if she’d have been on the track, there’s no way he could have avoided her.”

Mr Bartlett said that he called the police to report the incident, but in his haste to avoid the car had not been able to correctly record the car’s registration number.

He also witnessed:

Young people smashing beer bottles against the nearby toilet block.

Foul language.

Under-age drinking.

Scuffles that escalated into all-in brawls with more than 100 participants.

”It’s totally out of control and very wrong – I had a beer bottle thrown at me and this appalling behaviour went on until three or four o’clock in the morning,” he said.

”Something has to be done about it before next year or families won’t come to Bridport anymore – I’ve already had people say to me that Bridport is no place for kids.

”You should be able to go to a caravan park and feel safe -you didn’t feel safe at Bridport on New Year’s Eve, maybe there should be maximum numbers for the caravan park and no one on the beach after a certain time.”

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