Arrests for thefts
Two people have been arrested after items stolen from around Manawatu¯ were discovered at a property in Feilding. A 27-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman were arrested yesterday and charged with dishonesty offences. Senior Sergeant Steve Crawford said many of the items they found were trade tools, which they believed were stolen from construction sites and trade vehicles in the Palmerston North and Feilding. He encouraged people to secure their valuables. The arrested pair will appear in the Palmerston North District Court on Thursday.
Crash has unusual result
A car ended up perched on a fence after a driver’s attempted at a u-turn went wrong. Emergency services were called to a two-car crash just after midday yesterday on Rangit¯ıkei Line. Police were called to the scene by ambulance staff, who said the car had rolled before getting to its final position – its back end resting on a fence – while the front was on the roadside. No-one was trapped or seriously injured and the occupants were treated at the scene, a police spokeswoman said. Police were investigating.
Thousands given in grants
Manawatu¯ -Whanganui and Horowhenua organisations have been given thousand of dollars in grants from the New Zealand Community Trust. The central region rowing development trust received $70,000, the Foxton golf club received $6,274 towards chemicals for course maintenance and North Street School received $5,000 towards playground equipment. Over all, 36 Manawatu¯ -Whanganui and Horowhenua organisations received grants worth more than $420,000.
Falcon pair’s unusual home
A pair of New Zealand’s only native falcon have chosen Manawatu¯ ’s Massey University campus as their hunting ground. A male and female ka¯rearea often sit on one of the tallest buildings on campus, the vet tower, where they can easily view their prey. Agriculture and environment associate professor Phil Battley said the falcons were the talk of the campus. ‘‘We are probably the only university in New Zealand to have resident falcons, which is pretty amazing as most people never get a chance to see the birds up-close in their lives other than on the $20 bill. The birds feed on live prey, so they were acting as pest controllers,’’ Battley said. ‘‘It is unusual to find them in urban environments.’’