Huge New Year's Eve police operation planned for Sydney and Melbourne

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‘We will basically lock down the centre of the city,’ Victoria police chief says as NSW counterparts vow to protect revellers

New Year’s Eve in Australia’s two largest cities will be under the watchful eye of a massive police and security presence, with more than 1 million revellers expected in the centre of Sydney and at least half that in Melbourne.

Dozens of officers armed with Colt M4 semi-automatic rifles will be on duty in Sydney. Riot squad officers with the military-style semi-automatic rifles will be equipped to launch a tactical armed assault in response to a high-risk situation such as a vehicle attack or mass stabbing.

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