A police officer was allegedly assaulted and firefighters
had bottles thrown at them by partygoers during a weekend when
there was ''lots of disorder'', Dunedin police say.
Two Port Chalmers men were arrested after an incident in
Harrington St on Saturday night when the constable was
punched in the face and police arrested 10 people after a
spate of fires in North Dunedin.
Southern District Command Centre deployment co-ordinator
Senior Sergeant Steve Aitken said behaviour such as that
exhibited in North Dunedin was ''putting other people at
risk''. There was ''lots of disorder'' during the night.
''It's disappointing when young people can't drink
responsibly,'' he said.
Police needed reinforcements when attempts to shut down a
noisy sound system in Port Chalmers resulted in the officer
being allegedly assaulted.
''Things got a little bit ugly,'' Snr Sgt Aitken said.
''One of the occupants of the address got particularly
aggressive towards police.''
A constable from Dunedin Central police station was allegedly
struck by a ''sucker punch'' as the five officers who
initially attended the call-out, to assist Armourguard with a
property seizure, withdrew from the property to call for
Three more officers arrived at the property shortly after the
incident and two Port Chalmers men were arrested.
The assaulted officer received ''some bruising to his face'',
but was otherwise uninjured, Snr Sgt Aitken said.
A 31-year-old Port Chalmers man will appear in the Dunedin
District Court on Friday to face charges of assaulting a
police officer, obstructing police and resisting police.
A 24-year-old Port Chalmers man was also arrested at the
address and will face charges relating to an unrelated
assault, obstructing police and resisting police.
Dunedin City Council environmental health team leader Ros
MacGill said noise control staff seized an amplifier from the
address after an excessive noise direction was issued on
Station Officer Mark Leonard, of Willowbank, said the Fire
Service attended a street fire in Harbour Tce about 11.15pm
''There was a large bonfire in the street with a large crowd
gathered,'' he said.
''There were a couple of bottles thrown possibly at or near
the firemen and there was some pretty unruly behaviour.''
The situation was ''very disappointing'' and police were
called to help Fire Service staff. ''Obviously, we are just
doing our job putting these fires out and ... when young
people throw bottles at firemen it's not acceptable
Snr Sgt Aitken said a dog handler attended to help the Fire
Service. However, the partygoers dispersed.
Two arrests were made in North Dunedin relating to disorder
on Saturday night and yesterday morning.
''It's disappointing that other emergency services have had
bottles thrown at them,'' he said.
Following the arrival of police, firefighters put out the
Harbour Tce fire.
The Fire Service also attended two furniture fires in North
Dunedin and a rubbish fire. Snr Sgt Aitken said police
arrested 10 people on Saturday night and yesterday morning.