St Kilda foreshore trashed: 'Appalling' drunkenness as thousands gather on beach, leave trail of destruction

About 5000 Christmas revellers have created chaos in St Kilda. As partygoers spilled onto the streets, drunken antics forced the closure of roads in the area around the foreshore.

A 27-year-old man was hit by a tram during the mass gathering. Two people were arrested for public drunkenness and an assault was also reported to police.

Police called for back-up to help disperse crowds on Christmas night in St Kilda. Photo: Courtesy: Twitter @jamesroyce

Police called for back-up to help disperse crowds on Christmas night in St Kilda. Photo: Courtesy: Twitter @jamesroyce

Inspector Jason Kelly said a 27-year-old woman was taken to hospital due to intoxication and people were injured due to stepping on broken glass.

"An unplanned event took place, and that event escalated into quite a significant number of people being out here on the St Kilda foreshore," he said.

Thousands gathered at St Kilda beach,drinking heavily. Photo: Wayne Hawkins

Thousands gathered at St Kilda beach,drinking heavily. Photo: Wayne Hawkins

The City of Port Phillip is predicting that the clean-up of rubbish and broken glass will cost thousands - and it comes just ahead of a 10-day alcohol ban.

Earlier on Christmas Day thousands flocked to the beach to play cricket, drink and eat before the municipality's booze ban kicked in at 8pm.

Rubbish collects at the feet of the revellers. The clean-up is expected to be very expensive.

Rubbish collects at the feet of the revellers. The clean-up is expected to be very expensive.

Inspector Kelly said on Christmas afternoon, about 5000 people gathered on the foreshore. "Overall, considering the number of people here and that we have dispersed them ... it was a significant response from Victoria Police to ensure the local safety of the community here."

Two lanes in Jacka Boulevard were closed during the foreshore chaos. 

Police were on site as the revellers got increasingly rowdy.

Police were on site as the revellers got increasingly rowdy.

​Inspector Kelly said he was disappointed at the "level of intoxication" amongst revellers who flocked to the foreshore on Christmas night. He stressed that while all were welcome to the beach, the local by-law prohibits drinking on the beach after 8pm.

He also said that from Boxing Day, a ban on drinking on the beach and anywhere in the city of Port Phillip would be enforced for the next 10 days.

Inspector Kelly said the level of rubbish was "appalling, really unacceptable"'.

St Kilda Beach Christmas day thousands turn up drinking heavily on the beach police were on hand too keep the peace picture wayne hawkins

St Kilda Beach Christmas day thousands turn up drinking heavily on the beach police were on hand too keep the peace picture wayne hawkins

This story first appeared on The Age