Police monitor Facebook for fight

By Lucy Ibbotson

Police wanted to issue a warning that any type of anti-social, violent behaviour would not be tolerated. Photo / Thinkstock
Police wanted to issue a warning that any type of anti-social, violent behaviour would not be tolerated. Photo / Thinkstock

Police in Central Otago are monitoring Facebook today after being tipped off to a fight being planned for this weekend by youths involved in a rugby match brawl a week ago.

Wanaka police are monitoring the social media website after a member of the public tipped them off that teenagers were making online plans this week for a "no weapons, no police" fight.

The plans were a result of "continuing friction" after a brawl broke out at a match between an Upper Clutha under-16 side and a Cromwell under 17-side at the Upper Clutha rugby grounds last Saturday, Senior Sergeant Allan Grindell said.

"There's certain individuals that are promoting the idea of a fight. We're not sure of the exact location as yet but obviously both the Cromwell police and ourselves are aware of it."

Police wanted to issue a warning that any type of anti-social, violent behaviour would not be tolerated and a firm approach would be taken.

Names of several Wanaka youths promoting the fight had come to light, and those people would be paid personal visits by police today to "give them the message about that sort of behaviour".

- Otago Daily Times

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