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Mo­tor­cy­clist Ti­mothy Watkins has not been heard from since head­ing off for a ride on Mon­day morn­ing. Po­lice seek sight­ings of the 58-year-old, and his grey 2015 Tri­umph Thun­der­bird Storm mo­tor­bike with the reg­is­tra­tion A9ZDH. Se­nior Sergeant Ian Brench­ley said it was thought Watkins headed to Clarks Beach. Brench­ley said the man told fam­ily mem­bers he was go­ing for a ride, and failed to re­turn. ’’Po­lice have made in­quiries with fam­ily and friends, how­ever, no one has re­ported see­ing or hear­ing from him,’’ he said. ’’Mr Watkins fam­ily is con­cerned for his safety and ask any­one who has seen him to come for­ward.’’ Watkins is around 178cm tall. Po­lice ask any­one with pos­si­ble in­for­ma­tion about Watkins to call the Manakau Po­lice Sta­tion on 09 261 1300.


A seven-year-old boy who was flown to Star­ship chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal with crit­i­cal in­juries af­ter a crash is in a sta­ble con­di­tion. Two peo­ple were trapped in two cars af­ter the head-on col­li­sion about 7.30am on Sun­day on Awhitu Rd, Waiuku. Two Auck­land West­pac Res­cue He­li­copters were called to the crash, while the fire ser­vice worked to free those trapped in the cars. A sec­ond he­li­copter took a mid­dle-aged woman to Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries. A third per­son was taken by am­bu­lance to Mid­dle­more Hos­pi­tal with mod­er­ate in­juries. The Se­ri­ous Crash Unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing.


Po­lice hope a se­ries of videos they have de­vel­oped about re­port­ing sex­ual as­sault will help vic­tims to come for­ward. The videos take a step-by-step look at what hap­pens when a per­son re­ports a sex­ual as­sault to po­lice. De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Tim An­der­son, Na­tional Crime Man­ager said: ‘‘We know that sex­ual as­sault is grossly un­der­re­ported for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, in­clud­ing not know­ing what hap­pens af­ter you re­port an as­sault or fear of the process. These videos show what’s ac­tu­ally in­volved in the re­port­ing process.’’ There are 10 videos in to­tal, six cov­er­ing the re­port­ing process and four that fo­cus on con­sent, myths about sex­ual vi­o­lence and some of the rea­sons why peo­ple don’t re­port sex­ual as­saults to po­lice. ‘‘Know­ing what to ex­pect can de­bunk myths and al­le­vi­ate fears.’’

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