Police crack down on liquor ban offences
Matamata Police conducted a liquor operation last Saturday night and as a result three people were dealt with in relation to the liquor ban in town.
Police said this was a timely reminder to people that the liquor ban had been brought in with the full support of the general public and police would be enforcing it.
The canteen at Bedford Park was cleaned out after it was broken into. The offenders took everything except the mince pies and as a result, the canteen may end up closing down.
Police attended a burglary on Smith St which they believe happened during the day.
Wairere Rd had a number of break-in incidents. The first house had their door broken down and room ransacked, and the second house was searched and a 29-inch television and Playstation taken.
Police were called to a Jellicoe Rd address after it was reported that someone was breaking into a car.
While police were making enquiries, they spoke to a witness who described three offenders. After the stolen property was located, the circumstances led to that same witness being arrested for it. A Tauranga Rd address was burgled and a blue Starwell Arc Welder, red Lawnmaster, Bosch drill and red Stihl chainsaw were taken.
The Booze Bus, otherwise known as the Tactical Alcohol Group, was in Matamata. As a result, a number of people will be appearing in the Morrinsville District Court on a number of alcohol related offences.
A 20-year old male was charged with driving with excess breath alcohol.
Police were called to a disturbance at an address just outside of Matamata. A 21-year-old man was found to be in possession of a weapon and was arrested and placed in handcuffs in the police car. While police checked on the occupants of the house, the man escaped from the car and despite police efforts, could not be located at the time. However, he was soon located back at his home address, still handcuffed, and is facing charges relating to possession of a weapon, assaulting police and escaping custody.