Few policing issues at Tonga-Samoa match

Few policing issues at Tonga-Samoa match

National News

Police are pleased with the behaviour of the vast majority of fans at tonight’s Rugby League World Cup match between Tonga and Samoa at Hamilton’s Waikato Stadium.

Waikato District RLWC Operations Commander Inspector Karen Henrikson said the boisterous and vocal crowd created a great atmosphere and there were few incidents of concern to Police.

“It was a really good crowd, with plenty of singing and plenty of colour.”

Police made four arrests during the match. Three of these were for pitch invasions – one for a person who was arrested before they could get onto the playing surface and two who went onto the ground after the final whistle.

“Under the Major Events Management Act, going onto the playing surface at Rugby League World Cup matches is an offence punishable by a fine of up to $5000 or imprisonment for up to three months,” said Inspector Henrikson.

“Police won’t tolerate people going onto the pitch and we will charge anyone who is silly enough to do so.”

A fourth person was arrested for detoxification and 20 people were evicted from the venue by Police and/or security for intoxication or bringing in prohibited items.

Police were also called to an assault on a security guard outside the stadium. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance as a precaution, but not seriously injured. Police are making inquiries to identify the attacker.

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Issued by Police Media Team