Ten people were arrested for various offences

Police kept busy

by Mike Isle

It was anything but a quiet Easter for Selwyn police as they responded to at least two major incidents involving the overflow from Christchurch Aves invasion and attended several relatively minor events throughout the district.

The first major incident and the most prolonged occurred on Saturday night when a large group of street racers gathered on State Highway One disrupting traffic and causing disorder.

Police then attended a similar incident involving a gathering in Darfield.

Aves Invasion is an annual but loosely organised event attracting dozens of street racers and car enthusiasts to Christchurch.

The two previous Aves Invasions had caused chaos in the city. The previous invasion had resulted in police issuing 177 infringement notices and 200 traffic fines.

This year, a heavier police presence and possibly the solemnity surrounding the mosque attacks dampened the inner-city activity.

However, that didn’t deter some from taking it out to Selwyn.

Ten people taking part in the event were arrested for a range of offences; 30 cars were taken off the road for being unsafe; three of the drivers were caught drink driving, and a yet to be determined number of tickets were issued.