200 people run amok at Kapiti party
Bottles were hurled at police and fights broke out after 200 people ran amok at a birthday party in Paraparaumu.
Senior Sergeant Tony Smith said up to 40 people were expected at the party in Rimu Rd on Saturday night.
When police arrived after being called about 10.15pm, they found minors drinking alcohol, party-goers kicking cars as they passed and people "facing up to each other".
About 120 people had crammed into the house and about 60 in the driveway.
Police got most of the people off the property but spent about 90 minutes trying to disperse the group.
About 15 officers formed a line to try and stop the party-goers getting back onto the property.
"They kept trying to get back through the police line. They started throwing rocks, stones and bottles," Mr Smith said.
Some of the partygoers, still drinking and throwing stones and shopping trolleys, moved on to McDonald's near Coastlands Mall and then to the Kapiti Lights complex.
Two partygoers were arrested for disorderly behaviour and one for assaulting police.
Mr Smith said messages on Facebook and texts resulted in 180-200 people turning up at the address.
"Luckily no-one got injured.
"It appeared there was minimal damage. The problem was the behaviour - the drunkenness, the bottles and the rocks," he said.
The three people are due to appear in Porirua District Court this week.
Were you or anyone you know at the party? Do you have any photos of the incidents?
- © Fairfax NZ News
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