Justin Bieber steps up security as tour moves to New Zealand

Pop sensation Justin Bieber posted a simple message to his twitter account, “NEW ZEALAND we are coming!!!” That sent security officials into a panic as they sought to avoid the commotion that led to a concert cancellation in Australia.

Police cancelled Bieber’s free concert at Sydney’s Circular Quay on Monday after eight fans were sent to a local hospital, having been crushed in a gathered crowd. According to the BBC, New Zealand officials were complaining already about crowds camping out at the venue as they waited for Bieber to arrive.

“There are a large number of kids down there without any parents there at all. And I would just question that,” said New South Wales state police Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens.

The paper also learned that extra security would be put into place at Auckland airport in response to the chaos Bieber caused in Australia.

Bieber has acknowledged the injuries, writing to his fans, “I’m very happy about the welcome and the love from around the world, but I want everyone to still remember my fans safety comes first…”

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