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