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Gangs drinking led to brawls

LOCAL businesses have raised concerns about gangs of youths congregating in the area near Christchurch at weekends.

Groups of young people are gathering regularly for drinking parties and have been responsible for brawls in the area also.

"They cause more trouble than any visitors to the city or anyone else," said a source.

"It's become a very regular thing now."

The area around the cathedral boasts several popular tourist pubs that attract evening crowds.