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Police net dozens in Auckland crackdown

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/05/2016

Fifteen people have been arrested in a police crackdown on booze-fuelled crime in Auckland's CBD overnight.

About 70 police and agency staff were out across the central city and other hotspots - such as Ponsonby and Mission Bay - on Saturday night for a prevention operation aimed to reducing alcohol-related offending.

There were 15 people arrested for alcohol-fuelled crimes, twelve for drink-driving, and 29 public alcohol infringement notices - which come with a $250 fine - were handed out.

Inspector Mark Benefield said despite the arrests, police were still pleased with a drop in crime.

"Unfortunately we still had to make a number of arrests overnight for alcohol-related disorder," he said.

"But, on the whole, last night's alcohol-fuelled disorder was less than on a typical Saturday night."

He said police also had to respond to a spike in assaults and disorder in the CBD at about 4am.

"Unfortunately this has become common as it's when licensed premises close and people congregate on the streets after drinking alcohol for long periods of time," he said.

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