All well in Hob­biton

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata Po­lice are prais­ing the be­hav­iour of crowds of Hob­biton­rev­ellers af­ter an al­most in­ci­dent­free evening on Thurs­day.

An es­ti­mated 3000 peo­ple packed into the ‘‘ party- field’’ on Broad­way last week for the of­fi­cial open­ing of the i-SITE Gate­house.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said there were just three ar­rests on the night, all for breach of liquor ban. It was un­der­stood that none of those ar­rested were of­fi­cially at­tend­ing the event.

‘‘I was very proud at how ev­ery­one came to­gether,’’ Mr McGurk said.

‘‘It was a good crowd and there were very few prob­lems.

‘‘A num­ber of peo­ple stayed in town af­ter­wards at the bars and restau­rants and we had no trou­ble.’’

Three hun­dred ve­hi­cles were stopped by po­lice at check­points across town, net­ting zero drivers with ex­cess breath al­co­hol. Three mi­nor in­fringe­ment no­tices were is­sued.

Prime Min­is­ter John Key’s visit went off with­out ma­jor in­ci­dent and Mr McGurk said po­lice were again pleased with the crowd’s be­hav­iour.

‘‘The Prime Min­is­ter was ab­so­lutely sur­prised by the amount of peo­ple that turned out but he was treated with noth­ing but good man­ners and grace.’’

One per­son staged a mi­nor protest as Mr Key was leav­ing.

Pho­tos: KA­T­RINA TANIRAU

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