Take care out there!

Hundreds arrested in pre-New Year crackdown
10:00AM Monday December 31, 2007
By James Ihaka

More than 214 people have already been arrested for breaking the liquor ban at Mt Maunganui while Northland police have made a dozen arrests.

A liquor ban came into effect at Mt Maunganui last Wednesday and runs until January 5 but has been widely ignored in the lead up to New Year's Eve celebrations.

Senior Sergeant Tania Kura said the number of police has been bolstered to cope with the influx of young people on New Year's Eve, but she is hoping for a trouble-free night.

Northland police said they were making arrests in the build-up to New Year to try to welcome families and keep out "louts".

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