A police officer was badly cut in the head by a bottle thrown
from a Pt England party that turned violent after a man and a
woman began arguing outside.
The gathering, in Taurima Ave on Saturday night, was a
farewell for Alom Williams, 23, who is leaving for North
Queensland. But it erupted into violence about 5am yesterday.
Mr Williams said a male relative and his partner were arguing
outside and the man was attacked by several people.
A brawl started, and at least one person was stabbed with a
broken beer bottle.
"We heard this girl screaming. These two girls were punching
this dude [his relative] and he was standing back with his
hands up. Then these other guys, brothers of one of the
girls, jumped in and it went from there."
Partygoers spilled on to the road and police, some in riot
gear, turned up.
The officers were pelted with bottles, and one suffered a
serious head gash.
They called in reinforcements, and five people were arrested
for disorder offences, although the person who threw the
bottle wasn't identified.
Later in the day, when the Herald visited, blood stains were
on the road where glass shards remained, even after some
partygoers had returned to clean up.
Neighbours spent much of the morning picking up glass from
One woman who had called 111 said it was "absolute chaos",
with loud voices "cussing" and shouting.
Police said the injured officer needed medical treatment for
- Andrew Koubaridis of the New Zealand Herald