Bottle-throwers 'cowards in the dark'

The remains of a burnt couch in Castle St North yesterday. It was one of several furniture fires that firefighters attended on Saturday night and yesterday morning. Photo by Timothy Brown.
The remains of a burnt couch in Castle St North yesterday. It was one of several furniture fires that firefighters attended on Saturday night and yesterday morning. Photo by Timothy Brown.
Party-goers who threw bottles at Dunedin police have been labelled ''cowards in the dark''.

Three students were arrested after a large party in Castle St North on Saturday, Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator Senior Sergeant Brian Benn said.

Police were called to assist noise control about 10pm after noise complaints were made about the party, but the response from party-goers was ''not welcoming'', he said.

''We can appreciate a little bit of good-natured high-jinks from students but throwing bottles at police is past being youthful exuberance,'' Snr Sgt Benn said.

''When it's dark it's quite disconcerting because you can't see the bottles coming at you. It's cowardly and stupid and they are always going to lose.''

Two students were arrested for disorder and another was arrested for obstruction and escaping from police custody.

No police officers were injured as a result of the behaviour but, as police were leaving the premises, a couch was set on fire, which police also dealt with.

Police attended several alcohol-fuelled incidents in the area and a 17-year-old labourer was arrested for disorder.

Firefighters were kept busy with furniture fires. From 9pm on Saturday to 3am yesterday they attended five in the student area.

The behaviour was dangerous and not amusing, Snr Sgt Benn said.

Although several events were held in Dunedin during the weekend, he did not believe they led to the spike in disorder in the area.

''The university is doing a lot to address these issues, as are we, but it's still there on occasions,'' he said.

-timothy.brown@odt.co.nz

Throw the book at the lot of them

How many times do our emergency crews have to put up with this type of abuse? Would students do this at home? Throw the book them! And as for the furniture fires time to make them pay the full price for engine and crew call outs.  If you are standing there you pay part of the full cost plus get a fine for just being there egging them on.  If you are standing there basking in the flames it is time you got burned with the cost of wasting time.

Cameras

Perhaps there could be cameras in trouble spots? With incidents like this poilce would be able to review the footage and at least see where the bottles came from. 

And I'm not just suggesting limiting this to student areas. Other areas where there is trouble need cameras as well - skateparks, alleyways, outside some pubs and legal high shops...

Charges need to stick

I would put money on the fact the only one who will end up with a conviction or comnunity hours  will be the 17 yr old lacky.

If they want the behavour to stop, charge them. Forget about protecting thier future job prospects, overseas travel etc.

If I did this outside my house I would have the book thrown at me. Might even be charged with inciting a riot.

I am sick of being a ratepayer who is continually having to pay  for the clean-up bill. Maybe from now on the Uni foots the bill?

I am sick of bing a taxpayer spending money on sending police to a bunch of kids that have no respect for our ctiy.