Op­er­a­tion Mahi is now live in Pukekohe North

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - ACT­ING SENIOR SERGEANT DEAN BORRELL

‘‘A man was knocked out in a fight out­side McDon­alds Pukekohe in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing dur­ing a large fight.’’

Franklin po­lice had a very busy week­end.

We had the V8s ( ITM Su­perSprint) at Pukekohe Park Race­way) which, although had no ar­rests or prob­lems, did soak up a few staff who worked at the venue keep­ing the peace or were out­side as­sist­ing with traf­fic con­trol and keep­ing an eye on all the parked ve­hi­cles.

A Ford sup­porter took ex­cep­tion to one of our Holden po­lice cars and ac­ci­dently re­versed into it.

Guy Fawkes and the strange cel­e­bra­tion of let­ting off fire­works was in full force over the week­end.

It is al­ways a busy time for us as we get an in­crease in ar­son of­fences plus lots of dis­or­der and com­plaints.

Un­for­tu­nately, po­lice also had to deal with sev­eral sud­den deaths in tragic cir­cum­stances over the week­end in Franklin and Pa­pakura in­clud­ing a dou­ble fatality on the rail­way lines near Pa­pakura.

Th­ese are al­ways de­mand­ing on staff and our re­sources.

This part of polic­ing is not of­ten seen or re­alised by the pub­lic.

The deaths are all still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

A man was knocked out in a fight out­side McDon­alds Pukekohe in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing dur­ing a large fight.

We are go­ing through CCTV footage and talk­ing to wit­nesses so we should get a good re­sult for the vic­tim who I un­der­stand was only watch­ing.

Our num­bers were also down some­what as we sent staff to Otahuhu on two oc­ca­sions in the week­end to main­tain or­der with rugby league sup­port­ers who were caus­ing dis­or­der there and lo­cal staff needed back up.

On top of this we had the usual crimes to deal with like the bur­glar­ies, fam­ily vi­o­lence, sho­plift­ing and car crashes.

The good news is the bur­glar­ies in Pukekohe have ta­pered off con­sid­er­ably.

The op­er­a­tion in Pukekohe North I men­tioned last week kicked off this week.

We’ve called it Op­er­a­tion Mahi.

Check out the Pukekohe North Neigh­bour­hood Polic­ing Team’s Face­book page which they have just started.

They are want­ing to form neigh­bour­hood sup­port groups in the area so if you’re in­ter­ested let the Pukekohe po­lice know.

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