Dunedin police say the Yuletide spirit was lacking in the
city on Christmas Day, with officers dealing with a
disappointing amount of criminal activity.
Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said the criminal activity
started off with a suspicious fire next to a metal skip in
Port Chalmers at 4.30am and then another which destroyed the
Waitati bus shelter not long after.
At 5.30am police responded to reports of offenders throwing
bricks and rocks through car windows in South Dunedin.
Offenders had also broken into cars and taken items in the
Kirkcaldy St area, Snr Sgt Lloyd said. He said the Christmas
spirit ''seemed to be sadly lacking in Dunedin'' with the
amount of offending reported similar to a normal weekday.
''We were disappointed with the amount of criminal offending
that was happening on Christmas Day. It was really
disappointing to see that we could not manage a relatively
crime-free day on what should be one of the quietest days of
the year for us,'' he said.