Canterbury police live-blog New Year's Eve antics

"Taken shortly before they went to shut down a party and ruin more young people's fun."
"Taken shortly before they went to shut down a party and ruin more young people's fun." Photo credit: Canterbury Police/Facebook

Police in Canterbury bid 2017 farewell in a unique way - live-blogging their final hours of New Year's Eve on Facebook. 

Under the hashtag #NZPCanterburyNYE, the police began their live broadcast from the District Command Centre. 

"We'll update with things of interest as they come through. Be safe out there, look after each other and we'll do our best to look after you too," said the first post.

Some hilarious stories cropped up throughout the night, including finding a Canadian woman in a hammock up a tree, and a man selling booze on social media - with his own name and phone number supplied.

"We were called to a suspicious activity incident in a park. We found Kate from Canada who was seeing out New Year's Eve in a special hammock and harness. 

"Coinstable Calum Reid (Coinstable due to a spelling mistake on his business cards  for reals) obviously thought he'd struck gold on Pokemon Go but alas no joy.

"No Canadians were harmed in the taking of this photograph) #NZPCanterburyNYE".

"We've explained to someone that you can't sell alcohol and taxi rides on Facebook when you're not licensed to do either. He couldn't work out how we tracked him down. To be fair, he used his own name and put his phone number on the post. #NZPCanterburyNYE".

The light-hearted commentary was courtesy of teams stationed in Akaroa, Hammer Springs, Timaru and Twizel and Hagley Park.

"We've had a disorder job called in - offender described as wearing a camo jumper. Our job update is, "Currently can't see him."

So...that's the whole idea of wearing camouflage we guess. Not so good for us on this occasion but it's a well executed concept. #NZPCanterburyNYE"

"Just an impromptu candid action shot from members of our Police Support Unit, Scott McMurtrie, Rochelle Bryant and Constable Roberts. They didn't know they were being photographed. Taken shortly before they went to shut down a party and ruin more young people's fun.

#NZPCanterburyNYE" 

"Our teams have had a steady night but on the whole Canterbury has seen in 2018 safely. Not so say there's not plenty of work!

"Now get to bed and you kids get off our lawn!

"Stay safe and have a great 2018 from your team at Canterbury Police...and Coinstable Calum Reid."

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