UPDATED 2PM: A man claims he suffered a concussion after being set upon by a group of young people during an out-of-control party in Papamoa Beach overnight.
At least five police units were dispatched to a Papamoa Beach Road address after receiving reports of several people fighting on the street shortly after midnight.
The victim, who has asked to remain anonymous, says he was walking past the scene when he alleges to have witnessed a group of people “picking on a kid” and attempted to stop them.
“But there was so many, 40 or more, then they all started ganging up on me and beat me on the ground and gave me a concussion.
“My mates managed to push them off and we got away shortly after the cops were there, they were just a bunch of bullies that are only tough in groups.”
Photos and a video sent to SunLive by a Papamoa Beach Road resident show a crowd of people at the front of property where the party was held and spilling out on to the street, and at least five police vehicles that had been dispatched to the scene.
“There were about 60 people at the location, and at around 11.30pm it got violent and nasty with lots of abuse being screamed out,” says the resident.
“Police then turned up at about 12.30am in force and defused the situation quickly.”
In a statement sent to SunLive a police spokesperson confirms officers were dispatched to the incident to remove party goers but did not confirm whether any arrests were made.
A staff member of bar and restaurant Pap House, which is directly opposite the house where the party was held, says he saw a lot of young people drinking, yelling and swearing, but nothing untoward as they were locking up on Friday night, at about 10.30pm.
“But I'm still not very happy about the party because when I arrived at work this morning I had to clean up a lot of broken glass that'd been smashed outside.”
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