15 Jan 2010

Arrests after 'binge-drinking' event

3:25 pm on 15 January 2010

Police in Mt Maunganui say 19 people have been arrested after an event that encouraged binge-drinking.

Those arrested faced charges ranging from disorderly behaviour to aggravated assault in and around Blue Brews and BBQ's event at Blake Park.

A further 14 people were processed for drink-driving while leaving the event.

Police say the provision of ample parking at the venue created temptation for drinkers to drive home.

During the past decade the occasion has gone from a family-focused event to one that encourages binge-drinking by young people, police say.

They say they will be speaking with its organisers, but not do think the event is salvageable.