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Police report a problem free New Year in Nelson

Police report a problem free New Year in Nelson.

There was a total of 21 arrests, mainly for disorder offences (6) and people detained because they were intoxciated (5). Three people were arrested for breaching bail conditions, another three for assault and a couple of breaching the liquor ban. There were also arrests for possession of cannabis and disqualified driving. Three drivers were processed for alleged drink driving. Most of the arrests were in the central city area of Nelson

Maitai Camp had about 1400 young people on New Year's Eve. Although numbers were down from last year but the Police say the visitors to the camp were well behaved and there were absolutely no problems. The camp is extremely well organised and there were plenty of staff and supports in place to ensure a trouble free event.

"We made a point of adopting a high profile, being very visible as we moved around and dealing with the little things before they had a chance of getting out of hand" said Inspector Brian McGurk.

There was a free concert in Upper Trafalgar Street and Church Steps. The concert was family event and Police report zero incidents at the concert.

It was also very quite at Tahunanui with lots of families enjoying the warm evening at the beach.

About 2000 people at Kaiteriteri had a trouble free evening with families enjoying the evening.

The pub concert at Riwaka Hotel attracted about 1700 people and Police report no problems.

Police put down the relatively incident New Years Eve to careful planning and great organisation by all involved. "It was a quiet night as far as the Police were concerned, and I have no problem with that" said Inspector McGurk.

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