Police attacked at Auckland party
Glass and cans were strewn across the street where police officers were attacked trying to break up a party in Point England, Auckland, this morning.
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Police were called to a party at a Taurima Ave address at 5am after a large group of drunken people spilled onto the street.
An officer received a gash to the head after being hit by a bottle when brawling partygoers turned on the patrol, police said.
A resident, who lived a few doors down and did not give his name, said there was broken glass in the street this morning.
The area had since been cleaned up and a bin full of empty cans was sitting outside the house, he said.
He woke to loud screaming during the party.
"I was awake for most of the time. There was loud yelling."
Dozens of police officers arrived with a paddy-wagon to take away some of the party-goers, he said.
It's not the first time his neighbours have caused trouble in the street.
The previous tenants were booted out from the house about 18 months ago after several similar incidents, he said.
Inspector Andy Brill, of police northern communications, said police were confronted by about 15 people who were fighting in the street.
A bottle came flying through the darkness, hitting the officer in the head, he said.
He had a simple message for the assailant.
"Don't assault people, don't chuck bottles at people and don't get drunk.
"It's just idiot behaviour and people get hurt"
He estimated about 20 police attended the scene.
Reinforcements were called in to help from the Auckland Team Policing unit and units from Counties-Manukau and the North Shore.
Five people were arrested for "a range of offences", but police were unable to find the people responsible for throwing bottles.