Cops ‘disappointed’ with drinking mess

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Queenstown Bay: Police say over 800 people partied on the water front

Queenstown police have criticised boozed up punters who left Queenstown Bay in a mess after drunken Christmas Day shenanigans.

Sergeant Keith Newell said over 800 people gathered on the lake front.

“Police were called to assist with several people throughout the day and night who were extremely intoxicated.

“It’s alarming to see the levels of intoxication of some of the party goers were in, some who were unable to take care of themselves.

“After the liquor ban came into force at 10pm, Police were eventually able to move the crowd on however were very disappointed at the mess left behind.”

On Christmas Eve police also had to deal with punters when they spilled out of pubs at midnight.

A media spokesperson described it as “chaos” and said police confiscated alcohol and warnings were issued.

No arrests were made.

Extra police have brought in to the resort, an additional 80-plus officers, to help deal with the influx of visitors over the Christmas and New Year period.

The annual New Year liquor ban in Queenstown, Frankton, Arrowtown, Wanaka and Hawea

Comes into effect tomorrow and continues until January 6 – anyone found breaching it could be fined $250.

A general alcohol ban bylaw was introduced by council in 2014 – banning booze in public areas after 10pm daily.

louise.scott@scene.co.nz