Cops are ready for revellers

DEENA COSTER
Last updated 05:00 31/12/2013

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New Year's Eve partygoers aren't the only ones making plans for their big night out - police have come up with one of their own.

Senior Sergeant Robbie O'Keefe said their approach centred around prevention, with extra staff on hand to defuse any trouble at known party spots around the region.

"We find if we can get out there early we don't have as many problems," he said.

Mr O'Keefe said police would be out in force on the roads throughout the day and night as well as at known hot spots like Oakura and Urenui beaches and around New Plymouth's CBD.

A pool of staff will also be available to assist at areas where help is needed quickly should anything get out of hand.

Mr O'Keefe said they wanted people to be able to enjoy themselves and see the new year in safely.

He said the prevention approach had worked in previous years and he hoped for the same this year.

"Traditionally New Year's Eve for the Taranaki province means we have less arrests than on a normal Saturday night," he said.

Senior Sergeant Mike Hannah, Hawera, said he was not aware of any big events on in South Taranaki but police would be keeping a close eye on licensed premises.

"It will be pretty much business as usual," he said.

Along with the permanent liquor bans in and around New Plymouth's CBD, temporary bans will be in place at Oakura and Urenui beaches for tonight's festivities. This move is to ensure the popular beach spots are safe for people of all ages.

"These bans are in place to ensure that everyone can enjoy these popular public areas, particularly at this time of year when there will be a lot of people out celebrating the new year," New Plymouth District Council manager enforcement Lloyd Crow said.

 

NEW YEAR LIQUOR BANS

Oakura Beach – starts 2pm today and ends at 2am on January 1.

Urenui Beach – starts at 6am today and ends at 6am on January 1.

From Mt Bryan to East End and Fitzroy beach reserves – starts 9pm and ends at 7am on January 1.

-Also runs every week from Thursday to Sunday 9pm-7am until April 1.

Pukekura Park – alcohol only allowed within immediate areas around the Hatchery Lawn and Fred Parker Lawn during the TSB Bank Festival of Lights On Stage entertainment sessions.

New Plymouth – permanent liquor ban in force in CBD, including Marsland Hill and the Taranaki Cathedral grounds.

Source: New Plymouth District Council.

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