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.’’