Police say a booze-fuelled riot that broke out at the BW Festival
in Gisborne last night was planned “by the main agitators”. More than 80 people were injured
and seven were taken to hospital after the riot
that lasted three hours and led to 63 arrests. The riot broke out in two
of the festival campgrounds around 5.30pm with police being pelted
with cans and other objects. Vehicles were also flipped
and several fires were lit. Police say the riot had been planned
by a group of drunk festival-goers before a “mob mentality” developed.