Two players charged with public nuisance following live cross
TWO players have now been charged with public nuisance offences following Mad Monday celebrations in which Channel 9 reporter Kerrie Yaxley was harassed in the Mackay CBD on Monday.
Officer in charge of Mackay police station Senior Sergeant Craig Sanderson said the two men aged 21 and 29 handed themselves into police yesterday.
"With the assistance with the Magpies Rugby League Club, a number of players have presented themselves to us and as a result of that two players have been arrested and are facing charges of public nuisance offences," he said.
"Both players have been charged with public nuisance offences and that's related to a number of incidents that occurred out of Monday's activities.
Snr Sgt Sanderson said no complaint in relation to any criminal matter has been made though.
Magpies Rugby League Club president Brendan Jones said Mad Monday celebrations were definitely not encouraged by the club and going forward there will be no more Mad Monday celebrations.
A 29-YEAR-OLD Magpies Rugby League Club player has been charged with public nuisance following an incident with a national Channel 9 news reporter who was harassed by Mad Monday revellers during a live broadcast in the city.
Officer in charge of Mackay police station Senior Sergeant Craig Sanderson confirmed "a number of Magpies players" were involved in the incident in which journalist Kerrie Yaxley was grabbed by the face and kissed on the cheek while reporting on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's visit to the city on Monday afternoon from Gregory St.
He said investigations were ongoing into a separate incident involving a Magpies player who exposed himself to two ABC radio journalists.
Snr Sgt Sanderson expected further details to be available this morning.
"There was a number of persons involved in a number of incidents that occurred," he said.
"I can't give the exact number but obviously there has been a number of persons spoken to and a number of players has been identified as being involved with the (Magpies) club."
The player charged with public nuisance was expected to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court next month, he said.
Snr Sgt Sanderson described the club's Mad Monday antics as "concerning".
"It's always a concern, obviously, when these incidents occur and our message would be to any sporting organisations involved in such activities… to control their behaviour and think of the… greater public with regards to their actions," Snr Sgt Sanderson said.
"Obviously the control and supply of alcohol is of paramount importance."
While the Magpies Rugby League Club is yet to comment on the charge and police investigation, Magpies Sporting Club released a statement yesterday morning declaring its "extreme disappointment and subsequent embarrassment".
"On behalf of the Magpies brand, Magpies Sporting Club would like to apologise to Channel 9 reporter Kerrie Yaxley and assure her that these individuals in no way represent the culture or ideals of Magpies Sporting Club."
A Magpies Rugby League Club spokesman said yesterday the club intended to release a statement about the investigation and subsequent charge but would not comment further.
A Channel 9 spokesman said he'd been in touch with the Magpies Sporting Club and accepted the apology issued yesterday on behalf of Ms Yaxley.