Amorous pair caught short of the finish

PARTY TIME: A trio of young women enjoy themselves at the Egmont Racing Club’s Feature Raceday in Hawera on Saturday.
PARTY TIME: A trio of young women enjoy themselves at the Egmont Racing Club’s Feature Raceday in Hawera on Saturday.

An intimate encounter in the public toilets brought one Hawera punter's day at the track to an early end during the weekend.

The 26-year-old man was caught in the women's toilets with a lady companion during the Egmont Racing Club's feature raceday on Saturday.

The pair had not taken their tryst into a cubicle and were caught in the act when a group of women came into the toilets, Acting Sergeant Dylan Robinson, of Hawera, said.

The man was kicked out of the racecourse, but not before picking up charges for obscene exposure, assaulting police, resisting arrest and wilful damage.

He is expected to appear in court tomorrow.

His female companion was not charged.

In another incident, a man jumped on to the racetrack while a race was under way. The man was escorted off the track by an official.

Later that night, Mr Robinson said, police had been kept busy as people flocked from the racetrack to the bars and pubs.

"Certainly it was a busy night," he said.

"There was a large influx into town after the event.

"Although there was only one incident which directly occurred there [at the races], much of [the later disorder] was as a result."

He said there had been six arrests for disorder, wilful damage and breaching the liquor ban.

The Egmont Racing Club had put on a "Whips and Spurs" dance party during the day, the club's major meeting of the year, underneath the public stand.

Yesterday, club president Steve Quinell said the event had gone well.

"Everybody was well behaved and the day went off well," he said.

He had no further comment.

Taranaki Daily News