'Absolute lunacy': Newcastle police chief slams push to end lockouts

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
Updated September 22 2021 - 3:19am, first published February 2 2021 - 6:00pm
CONCERN: Newcastle police fear winding back lockouts will lead to more violence.

Police commander Wayne Humphrey has slammed attempts to extend Newcastle's small bar trial into a review of the city's late-night lockouts as "absolute lunacy".

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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