Surge in domestic disputes

Domestic disputes spiked in Palmerston North over the Christmas period.

Senior Sergeant Brett Calkin said the number of burglaries and arrests over Christmas were relatively normal, but there had been an unusually high number of domestic disputes.

On Christmas Eve, police made 12 arrests for events including disorder, fighting, intentional damage and shoplifting.

Christmas Day was quieter, with four people arrested for fighting, disorder, detox and excess breath alcohol.

Some of those arrested on Christmas Day were early in the morning and followed Christmas Eve parties, Mr Calkin said.

Boxing Day saw arrests shoot back up to 13 for issues including breaches of bail, trespassing and liquor ban breaches.

The evenings of Christmas Day and Boxing Day saw police called to the domestic disputes, most of which were verbal and did not result in an arrest.

Christmas time put a lot of stress on families, Mr Calkin said.

Meanwhile, between Christmas Eve and Boxing Day, four houses and three businesses were burgled.

There tended to be more burglaries between Christmas and New Year as burglars looked for homes that were empty.

There was often a lag in burglary reporting at this time of year because people didn't know until they got home from their holidays, Mr Calkin said.

Manawatu Standard