Hopes for quiet Hyde St party

Dunedin police are hoping for well-behaved revellers at the Hyde St keg party again this year.

The annual party will be held tomorrow in Hyde St, in North Dunedin's student quarter.

Organised by a group of tenants from the street, the party in the past has been marred by large numbers of arrests, furniture fires and general disorder.

However, last year was quieter, with only seven arrests, no couch fires, and most party-goers well-behaved, Senior Sergeant Gavin Briggs said. "We hope it stays that way this year.''

The organisers had met the police and the University of Otago proctor to discuss the party. The campus constable had also visited flats on the street this week to make sure the message was clear, Snr Sgt Briggs said.

The street would not be closed off for the party, so police would be patrolling to make sure party-goers kept to front yards and footpaths.

Extra police staff were rostered to patrol the North End during the party, which would begin in the early afternoon and continue till late.

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