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con­tin­ued. Of­fi­cers were also in­ves­ti­gat­ing dam­age to a parked car on Hay St. The car was ‘‘keyed’’ overnight on Tues­day and notes were left on the ve­hi­cle abus­ing the Christchurch owner.

Tyres slashed

Po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate af­ter a St John am­bu­lance’s tyres were slashed overnight on Sun­day. Se­nior con­sta­ble Chris Black­ford, of Queen­stown, said a sta­tion staff mem­ber found the tyres slashed on Sun­day morn­ing.

Fire makes farmer ner­vous

The owner of a high coun­try Cen­tral Otago sta­tion says a large fire that ripped through farm­land has made him ‘‘ex­tremely ner­vous’’.

Alistair Camp­bell, of Earn­scle­ugh Sta­tion, said he had been busy shear­ing and not had a chance to in­spect the dam­age caused by a fire that burned across 250-hectares of prop­erty near Alexan­dra on Fri­day.

‘‘They could not re­ally fight it be­cause the winds were so high. If it had been in summer it would have been an ab­so­lutely dis­as­ter. You would never have put it out. I am ex­tremely ner­vous af­ter this (fire).’’

No stock had been killed or in­jured in the blaze and the fire was ‘‘miles away’’ from their home, he said.

‘‘It only burned snow grass. At this time of year stock are not that high. The area will have to be de­stocked for a year to get it re­cover. That will be the big­gest loss to us.’’

He be­lieved arc­ing power lines, caused by the gale-force winds, started the fire.

Earn­scle­ugh pro­duces more than 100 tonnes of Merino wool an­nu­ally and also has three cat­tle and six merino sheep pedi­gree stud op­er­a­tions in­volv­ing more than 6000 individually recorded an­i­mals.

Earn­scle­ugh Sta­tion is on the south side of Lake Dun­stan in Cromwell Gorge, about an hour’s drive east of Queen­stown.

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