Police arrest four, but praise crowd's behavior during celebrations

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Police arrested four people during celebrations following the Olympic Games closing ceremony, but said that overall the hundreds of thousands of people crowding the Sydney streets had behaved well.

Police arrested four people during celebrations following the Olympic Games closing ceremony, but said that overall the hundreds of thousands of people crowding the Sydney streets had behaved well.

Four people were arrested overnight Sunday to Monday after assaulting police and throwing "missiles," a police statement said.

Separately, three people were treated for knife wounds, and police were investigating a "serious" assault at a Sydney railway station in which a man suffered head injuries.

But "the overwhelming majority of people who came to farewell the Games enjoyed a great night's entertainment and were well behaved," the statement said.

Police estimated that there were around 1.5 million people in the city Sunday, who had come together to be part of the Olympic closing ceremony and watch the fireworks.

Paramedics worked overtime during the night, dealing with cases ranging from cut feet from broken glass on the streets and heart attacks to people falling from trees, a spokesman for the New South Wales ambulance service said.

He said "lots of calls" had been coming in since people began flocking to key points along the water's edge, mainly at Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.

The city streets were packed with people walking or standing outside crowded pubs. Broken glass littered the pavement.

At Circular Quay, where the crowd swelled rapidly in the late afternoon, police closed the train station during the closing ceremony because the sector was jammed with people, and urged revelers heading toward the area to go somewhere else to celebrate.

Circular Quay has attracted crowds throughout the Olympics, with hundreds of people gathering daily to watch the competition events on one of dozens of live screens across the city.

The Quay was also a good place to view the spectacular fireworks display over the Harbour Bridge.

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