A Palmerston North student is set to appear in court after setting a couch alight.
A 19-year-old man was arrested for allegedly setting fire to property after Palmerston North police were called to a student party last night.
Firefighters were called to the College St house, between Ranfurly and Ada streets, to put out a couch fire started by students in the midst of back-to-university celebrations.
Palmerston North fire station officer Chris Faithful said a couch had been dragged from a nearby house into the middle of the street and set alight, burning a hole in the road, shortly after 11.45pm.
There were a couple of parties in Ada and College streets last night, with a large number of students spilling out onto the street, intoxicated and breaking glass bottles, he said.
Inspector Brett Calkin said police were called to the College St house several times after reports of yelling from nearby residents.
About 60 young people were at the party, he said.The 19-year-old was the only person arrested.
He will appear in Palmerston North District Court next week on a charge of willful damage.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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