Leap year parties spark riots in New Zealand

March 1st, 2008 - 5:06 am ICT by admin  

Wellington, March 1 (DPA) Leap year parties turned into near-riots in three New Zealand cities, with police recording 552 “events of disorder” over an eight-hour period, it was reported Saturday. The incidents in Auckland, Whangarei and Hamilton were caused by many drunken out-of-control parties, police inspector Willie Taylor told Radio New Zealand.

He said up to 200 partygoers from two different gangs fought with bottles and sticks in a Whangarei suburb and two were seriously injured.

There were running street battles with sticks, picket fences and broken bottles in Auckland suburbs and in the centre of Hamilton during what police said was “a crazy night”.

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