RUGBY SEVENS

Police kept busy with 43 arrests overnight following final day of NZI Sevens

Sunday 6 February 2011, 1:57PM
By New Zealand Police
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WELLINGTON CITY

Police were kept busy overnight as Sevens fans celebrated New Zealand's win over England, throughout the Courtenay Place Party Zone.

Between 11pm and 5:30am, there were 43 arrests. The majority of these were for disorder and assault/fighting, fuelled by alcohol.

Acting Inspector Scott Miller of the Wellington Police says it was pleasing that there were no large disorder problems last night, or any arrests of a serious nature.

"The majority of partygoers were very well behaved with a friendly atmosphere and only a small number spoiled the fun with an aggressive alcohol-fuelled attitude."

Ambulance staff were busy all night with alcohol related distress and fatigue. Of note they treated many people for cuts/lacerations to their feet, with many needing stitches, due to the numerous costumes being worn that did not require footwear.

Acting Inspector Miller says although there were a large number of intoxicated men and women within the Party Zone, few were left by themselves, with the worst affected being looked after by their mates, which was pleasing to see.