Police ready for Cup Week disorder

04:20, Nov 15 2012
Hayley
STREAKER: Hayley Scheerhoorn begins her striptease just before the start of the New Zealand trotting cup last year.

Police are preparing to deal with the "inevitable" crime and disorder of Cup and Show Week. 

Senior Sergeant Glenn Nalder said alcohol was a major factor in crime and car crashes, and posed an extra risk for events like Cup and Show Week.

"We're encouraging racegoers and those out celebrating this week to plan their activities to be responsible with alcohol and to include taxis or sober drivers in their plans."

He said there would be an emphasis on enforcing public-place drinking laws to reduce the "inevitable" crime and disorder that followed.

Last year, there was only one "full arrest" at Addington on Cup Day - when Hayley Scheerhoorn ran on to the track and lifted up her dress.

Six other people were given pre-charge warnings for disorderly behaviour after being evicted from the grounds.

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This year, liquor-ban areas would be "vigorously patrolled" and anyone caught breaching a liquor ban could expect to be arrested and may be charged, Nalder said.

That included people drinking in vehicles if that vehicle was in a liquor-ban area.

"Revellers need to remember that it is an offence to drink alcohol on buses and in taxis," he said.

Anyone under 18 drinking in public could expect to receive a $200 infringement notice, Nalder said.

He said the current alcohol focus in Christchurch had produced a steady stream of arrests.

Last week, 115 people were arrested for breaching liquor bans - the highest weekly total since the alcohol focus began on October 1. 

Another 43 people were arrested for disorderly behaviour, and 55 taken into custody for drunkenness.

In the first five weeks of the campaign, which will continue until Christmas, 437 arrests have been made for breaches of the liquor ban, 167 for disorderly behaviour and 278 for drunkenness.

"It's disappointing to see such high numbers coming through for alcohol offending, but every one of those arrests is a potential crime or road fatality averted," Nalder said.

The Press