Christchurch: Police pelted with bottles at student parties

25 May: Police were pelted with bottles in Upper Riccarton in Christchurch last night as four “alcohol-fuelled” parties caused mayhem. Between 100 -150 people were at the parties when police were sent out to quell party-goers in the Suva St area.

“There were four parties at four different addresses with almost rioting behaviour,” said inspector Murray Hurst. Police called the Fire Service to put out a bonfire about midnight. Arrests were made, said Hurst.

The incident follows a separate altercation in Riccarton on Friday night where a drunken female partygoer punched and kicked a police office. The woman was joined by other female partygoers who continued the attack until nearby officers could come to his rescue. 

The officer is facing surgery for a broken nose.

A 17-year-old male and 14-year-old were both arrested. The male was charged with assaulting a female, resisting arrest, and assault of a police officer. He will appear in court on Tuesday.

The female has been charged with assault with intent to injured and will appear in Youth Court.

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