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Firefighters backed up lone officer called to street fight

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014

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Waimate police are looking to lay charges after a main-street fight early on Saturday morning.

The Waimate Volunteer Fire Brigade was called in as backup for the sole police officer on duty when a fight broke out outside the Waimate Hotel around 1.30am.

Sergeant Mike van der Heyden said four main offenders were involved in the altercation, although others were on the periphery.

The incident began when the courtesy vehicle from another hotel stopped outside the hotel and several passengers got out.

Those men had an "issue" with those already outside the hotel, Mr van der Heyden said.

Hotel patrons spilled out on to the footpath and some attempted to break up the fight.

Calls to the police indicated 30 to 40 people were in the area and, for that reason, fire brigade members were called to back up the police officer, Mr van der Heyden said.

The four men still being spoken to in relation to the incident ranged in age from their 20s to their 40s.

While police had received no complaints of assault as a result of the fight, Mr van der Heyden said it was likely the four would at least face charges of fighting in a public place.

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- The Timaru Herald

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