Call outs disappoint police
Invercargill police had a busy start to the holiday season with alcohol fuelled domestic violence call-outs during the weekend.
Senior Sergeant Dave Raynes, of Invercargill, said police were called to 29 domestic violence incidents since Friday - all of them alcohol related.
It was a disappointing start to the holiday period, he said.
The Invercargill Women's Refuge also reported an increased number of calls for domestic issues.
Invercargill Women's Refuge services co-ordinator Cathy Robertson said the weekend had proved to be busy.
''This year has seen a lot of financial pressure around and with an increase in alcohol consumption around the Christmas period, tensions can rise,'' she said.
''We have been busy with calls from people wanting to talk and get advice.''
Christmas was not a happy time for everyone and if anyone needed help they should not hesitate to contact the police or the refuge, Mrs Robertson said.
The refuge would be operating 24 hours a day during the holiday period, she said.
Meanwhile southern police also stopped seven drivers with excess blood alcohol during the weekend.
Mr Raynes said it was important people had alternative plans for getting home if they were drinking during Christmas.
Extra police staff would be on duty with breath testing continuing, he said.
The Southland Times