All well in Hobbiton
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