Po­lice com­mend crowd be­hav­iour

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Mata­mata po­lice are prais­ing the crowd at the Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes on Satur­day af­ter an al­most in­ci­dent free day.

While Pukekohe filly Lady Royale took out the fea­ture race, spec­ta­tors were do­ing their part to keep things un­der con­trol.

Of­fi­cer in charge Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said there were just three ar­rests made at the event.

‘‘I was re­ally pleased with the be­hav­iour of 99.5 per cent of at­ten­dants,’’ he said. ‘‘Over­all, it was re­ally good.’’ Po­lice stopped about 650 cars over the course of the day and found no one to be driv­ing with ex­cess breath al­co­hol.

An 18- year- old man was ar­rested for ob­struc­tion af­ter he re­fused to co-op­er­ate with po­lice over a dan­ger­ous driv­ing in­ci­dent.

He was the owner of a car that pulled into the car boot party area, which was full of people, and per­formed a donut. The per­son driv­ing then left.

‘‘We were able to lo­cate the car and be­lieve we have iden­ti­fied the driver,’’ said Mr McGurk.

‘‘ The owner of the car was ar­rested af­ter hav­ing a blase at­ti­tude about the in­ci­dent.

‘‘He is the owner of the car and he is re­spon­si­ble for who gets in it.’’

Two men were also ar­rested for fight­ing as they were leav­ing the races.

Po­lice had been con­cerned over the drink­ing be­hav­iour of some of the younger people at the event, said Mr McGurk.

‘‘We spoke to two 18-year-old young women who were walk­ing around the race­course drink­ing wine straight from the bot­tle.

‘‘The bot­tle was thrown into a large rubbish container but a short time later one of them had gone through the trash and re­cov­ered the wine.

‘‘She was sub­se­quently told to leave the race­course but was again lo­cated a short time later at a friend’s tent very in­tox­i­cated.’’

Of­fi­cers later saw the same young lady in town sit­ting in the mid­dle of a crowded foot­path adding a new friend to Face­book on her phone.

‘‘Her par­ents, and most prob­a­bly her as well, would have been ap­palled upon re­flec­tion,’’ he said.

A fourth per­son was ar­rested in town af­ter the races, said Mr McGurk.

‘‘ Po­lice were speak­ing to a young man about his be­hav­iour when an older gen­tle­man in an in­tox­i­cated state de­cided to in­ter­vene and pull po­lice away.

‘‘ As a re­sult, while be­ing ar­rested, the man dis­lo­cated his el­bow and an am­bu­lance had to be called.’’

Mr McGurk said po­lice were look­ing at bar own­ers to be more ac­count­able in pre­vent­ing these types of in­ci­dents.

‘‘ In health and safety, an em­ployer must keep their em­ploy­ees safe,’’ he said.

‘‘In the same way, it is also their re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep their pa­trons safe. It’s as sim­ple as that. Pro­pri­etors should act re­spon­si­bly by not al­low­ing in­tox­i­cated people in or serv­ing them al­co­hol,’’ he said.’

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