Po­lice crack down on liquor ban of­fences

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.

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