Es­caped cat­tle cause chaos at Bal­clutha


Clutha po­lice were kept busy at­tend­ing traf­fic and driv­in­gre­lated in­ci­dents in the lead up, and over Easter.

Mo­torists had near misses with cat­tle that had es­caped onto State High­way 1, north of Bal­clutha, last week.

Se­nior con­sta­ble Tanya Grant said a truck car­ry­ing steers had to be un­loaded fol­low­ing a crash at about 8pm last Tues­day.

How­ever, some of the cat­tle, which were put in a pad­dock in a nearby prop­erty, es­caped onto the high­way in South Otago.

‘‘Vis­i­bil­ity was poor and sev­eral mo­torists had near misses be­fore one of the an­i­mals was struck while stand­ing on the road,’’ Grant said. The con­di­tion of the steer was un­known.

At about 7pm on Thurs­day, po­lice at­tended a crash at the in­ter­sec­tion of John and James streets at Bal­clutha, af­ter an el­derly fe­male driver failed to give way. Then on Sun­day, a driver lost con­trol of their ve­hi­cle on the cor­ner of Kaka Point and Port Molyneux roads.

No-one suf­fered se­ri­ous in­jury from these in­ci­dents.

Also on Sun­day, a 36-year-old In­ver­cargill man was sum­monsed for driv­ing while dis­qual­i­fied and a 25-year-old South Otago man was pro­cessed for drink driv­ing and blew a breath al­co­hol level of 1061mg. Both will ap­pear at Dunedin Dis­trict Court on May 2.

Overnight Mon­day last week, a white flag and chain were stolen from out­side the Vat-t-can gift shop on the Wai­hola high­way.

Also at Wai­hola, a mother had her hand­bag stolen from her car at the Wai­hola play­ground, while she was play­ing with her chil­dren, on Tues­day this week.

In nearby Taieri Mouth over the week­end, a boat was tam­pered with and ropes un­done. Noth­ing was taken and no dam­age caused, Grant said.

‘‘How­ever this was not the first time boats at the ma­rina have been in­ter­fered with and the po­ten­tial is there for ma­jor dam­age to oc­cur should they come away from their moor­ings.’’

Else­where in Clutha, a door was kicked in at the rear of a dwelling at 12 Church St Clin­ton, on Mon­day.

Po­lice also at­tended six fam­ily harm in­ci­dents and dealt with five re­ports of lost or found prop­erty over the Easter week­end.

A baby’s cream shawl has been left at the Bal­clutha po­lice sta­tion. It had been found at Naish Park on Tues­day af­ter­noon.

Con­tact Bal­clutha po­lice 03 418 0203.

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