Birthday celebration descends into chaos

VICKI WATERHOUSE
Last updated 15:55 09/07/2012

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A 21st birthday celebration in Otaki descended into chaos after several groups began fighting and one man was hit with a bottle.

The joint 21st birthday party began at the Otaki Racecourse on Saturday night, but police were called there about 2am on Sunday.

When officers from Levin arrived, they discovered some of the 80 revellers were fighting, while others were leaving in cars and on foot. A 20-year-old Otaki man had his cheek torn open when he was hit in the face with a bottle .

He was taken to Lower Hutt Hospital for surgery on his face. He was discharged yesterday and was today recovering at home.

Otaki Sergeant Slade Sturmey said it appeared a group of relations of the two 21-year-olds started the arguments that led to the fighting.

Police were hunting the alleged offender  described as European, aged 18 or 19, with long spiky blonde hair  in relation to the bottling attack.

"I do know of a number of people I want to talk to but I'm waiting for them to come and see me,'' Mr Sturmey said.

Doormen were working at the party but the fights broke out outside of the venue.

Mr Sturmey said it was disappointing to see the alcohol-fuelled violence.

"This kind of behaviour needs to stop, and we as a community need to drive the message that alcohol and violence is not OK.''

Information can be passed on to Mr Sturmey on 06 364 7366.

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