Teen hurt in mas­sive brawl

South Waikato News - - Your Health - PHILLIPA YALDEN

A blow to the head knocked a teenager to the ground in a street brawl in­volv­ing 50 peo­ple in Toko­roa re­cently.

The 18 year old was taken to Waikato Hospi­tal in a serious con­di­tion by am­bu­lance af­ter fights broke out at the party on Kelso St.

Four peo­ple were ar­rested af­ter things started to spi­ral out of con­trol about 9pm on Fri­day.

Po­lice were called and found 50 peo­ple had spilled on to the street, Bay of Plenty po­lice Se­nior Sergeant Malcolm Collins said.

Some were hurl­ing bot­tles and cans dur­ing the fight, be­lieved to have been sparked when a group of gate­crash­ers turned up to a gath­er­ing.

Soon af­ter 9pm, the teenager was found un­con­scious on the road with head in­juries.

‘‘He’s been punched, fallen to the ground and hit his head,’’ Collins said.

‘‘He’s gone and whacked his head and that’s put him un­con­scious.’’ Collins said the vic­tim was awake and talk­ing when trans­ported by am­bu­lance to Waikato Hospi­tal.

Ex­tra po­lice units from Pu­taruru and Taupo were called in to quell par­ty­go­ers. It took four hours to get things un­der con­trol.

Collins said po­lice had to clear par­ty­go­ers from one house mul­ti­ple times due to over­flow from the party ’’look­ing for peo­ple - the trou­ble­mak­ers and in­sti­ga­tors’’.

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