Youths pre-loaded with alcohol disrupted a dance party and contributed to a rash of arrests in Hastings on Saturday night.
Illuminate Paint Party organisers were faced with as many as 100 intoxicated young people arriving at the alcohol-free event at the Hastings Sports Centre.
Event director Jamie Templeton said between 50 and 100 people turned up drunk to the 16-and-over party. "It's definitely the worst we've ever had."
Security staff spent the night confiscating alcohol from people drinking in the car park and had to kick dozens of intoxicated people out of the event. Crowds then spilled on to the street and people headed for the nearest bar.
Police made 23 arrests for drunk and disorderly behaviour. On an average Saturday night in Hastings, about 10 people are arrested for such offences.
Senior Sergeant Luke Shadbolt said the event brought more people into town, many of whom were highly intoxicated.
"Whenever you have a big event like that they generally draw out other people ..."
- The Dominion Post
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