Police operation sees united front on alcohol

EMMA BAILEY
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012
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JOHN SELKIRK/Fairfax Media
CRACKDOWN: Timaru police had a zero tolerance policy to alcohol offending in the weekend as they took part in a Operation Unite.

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There was zero tolerance to alcohol offending on the streets of Timaru this weekend, with nine arrests made.

More police were on the streets in the sixth Operation Unite, with law enforcement on both sides of the Tasman targeting alcohol-related crime across New Zealand and Australia. The operation began in Timaru at 7pm Friday and ended at 3am yesterday.

In the early hours of Saturday a Christchurch man, 51, was arrested for breaching the peace at 12.45am in the Royal Arcade. A Rangiora man, 19, was arrested for breaching the liquor ban on Theodosia St, at 1.50am while a Christchurch man, 20, was arresting for fighting in a public place on Stafford St at 3am.

In the afternoon a Waimate man, 16, was processed for drink driving after he blew 205mcg. (zero limit under 20). Later on another Waimate 16-year-old was located in his car in a ditch on the corner of Hannifins Rd and Regent St. He was processed for drink driving and blew 400mcg.

Back in Timaru, two women were warned for breaching the liquor ban on George St at 11.15pm.

In the early hours of Sunday morning a Timaru woman, 18, was arrested for breaching the liquor ban at 1.25am on Stafford St while another Timaru woman reported being assaulted by an unknown woman on Sophia St at 1.15pm. She was kicked several times before the offender ran away.

Later on a 17-year-old Timaru girl was given a liquor infringement notice for drinking on Evans St and a Timaru man, 19, was arrested for breaching the liquor ban on George St.

A Timaru woman, 24, was processed for drink driving at 2.35am. She blew 569mcg and at 5.30am a Timaru man, 24, was arrested for disorderly behaviour after he was caught walking down the middle of Wai-iti Rd with his trousers around his ankles.

Police said more personnel were brought in to reinforce the Timaru Police during Operation Unite.

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- The Timaru Herald

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