Police appeal for footage of mass brawls

WARNING, GRAPHIC FOOTAGE: Police investigating a series of fights in central Auckland over the weekend are appealing to anyone who may have filmed the brawls to pass the footage on to police.

The violence left two men in hospital in a serious condition.

Police were called to multiple reports of disorder on Saturday night, with fighting outside the Ferry terminal in Quay Street, the McDonalds Britomart in Queen Street and the intersection of Quay and Queen Streets.

Police said It has also been established that a large brawl also occurred in Fort St.

Two men, aged 18 and 24-years-old remain in hospital this evening in a moderate condition as a result.

Inspector Ross Barnaby from Auckland City Police said footage posted on social media paints a very poor picture of what took place.

"Yet again, alcohol is right in the middle of this."

"The alcohol-fuelled bravado depicted in the footage we have seen is utterly appalling.
We have two men in hospital and anyone who sees that video will probably agree that we are lucky there are not more people seriously injured" he said.

Police said that CCTV footage as well as mobile phone footage will be used to build a picture of those involved and those responsible.

Police are not able to discuss the investigation any further at this stage.

"What we can say though is that we will look to identify where and when these people have been drinking, and that includes licensed premises.

"Any licensed premises who have been serving intoxicated patrons could be prosecuted" he said.

Anyone who has footage is asked to contact the Auckland City Police on 09 302 6557 or private message the videos to the Auckland Police Facebook page.


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