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Social media reveals plan to disrupt

SOCIAL media had a clear part to play in the unrest at BW Summer Festival campground on New Year’s Eve, police say.

There had been on-line chatter about plans to disrupt the campground, said Tairawhiti Area Commander Inspector Sam Aberahama.

In the aftermath, the event has been widely documented on various social media sites, with campers posting photographs, video footage and comments.

The biggest response from Gisborne people has been one of anger at “clowns” who cause trouble, make a mess, blight their city’s reputation then leave.

It has prompted calls to raise the drinking age back ?to 20 as “the kids can’t handle it”.

On-line sites have also been the source of many rumours that BW Summer Festival director Toby Burrows says are untrue.

Rumours that the trouble started after the camp portaloos were locked are false, though one small block next to the police processing unit was not available “due to some prior behaviour of some adjacent campers”, he said.

Neither was there any ?truth to talk about security staff walking off the job ?before the incident, Mr Burrows said.