Al­co­hol stolen at speed­way

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

Thurs­day, Jan­uary 30

A con­tainer at Wa­haroa Speed­way was bro­ken into overnight and a sig­nif­i­cant amount of al­co­hol was taken.

Po­lice were called to an in­ci­dent in Wa­haroa. Dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion be­tween two peo­ple, a one-year-old baby was struck on the head with a metal bar, caus­ing a se­ri­ous lac­er­a­tion. The of­fender re­alised what he had done and fled the scene. Po­lice lo­cated a 27-year-old man the next day and he was charged with wound­ing with in­tent to in­jure and as­sault with a blunt in­stru­ment. He was held in cus­tody and ap­peared in the Hamil­ton Dis­trict Court on Mon­day. The baby re­ceived nu­mer­ous stitches.

Fri­day, Jan­uary 31

Po­lice were called to an in­ci­dent at an ad­dress on State High­way 27 near the in­ter­sec­tion with Kere­one Rd. In an un­re­lated mat­ter, a 46-year-old man at the ad­dress was ar­rested for un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of a firearm, cul­ti­vat­ing cannabis and pos­ses­sion of uten­sils for con­sump­tion of metham­phetamine.

Po­lice at­tended a two-car crash on State High­way 29, Te Poi.

An un­locked car on Firth St was en­tered, an Acer lap­top and eft­pos unit were taken.

Two Mata­mata girls were caught drink­ing al­co­hol on Cen­ten­nial Drive. They were is­sued with al­co­hol in­fringe­ment notices.

A black Mazda Fa­milia was seen pur­posely run­ning over wheelie bins on Stan­ley St and Jellicoe and Pe­ria roads. Po­lice are fol­low­ing up this mat­ter.

Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 1

Po­lice spoke to a group of peo­ple in the El­iz­a­beth St and Brown St area. One per­son was is­sued an al­co­hol in­fringe­ment no­tice. Po­lice saw a car leav­ing a Brown St ad­dress they had just at­tended on other mat­ters. The car was stopped and a 55-year-old man was pro­cessed for drinkdriv­ing. He was driv­ing while for­bid­den, so the car was im­pounded. Due to the man’s be­hav­iour, he was taken to Hamil­ton.

A 25- year- old man was pro­cessed for driv­ing with ex­cess breath al­co­hol, third or sub­se­quent of­fence.

Po­lice at­tended an ad­dress on Brown St. A car seen at the ad­dress was stopped a short time later in town. The car was im­pounded be­cause the driver was for­bid­den. The two oc­cu­pants of the car were seen ar­gu­ing on State High­way 27 a short time later. Po­lice re­turned both par­ties to their home ad­dresses.

Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 2

A 17-year-old girl was found with $24 worth of makeup. She was ar­rested and given a pre-charge warn­ing for shoplift­ing.

Two men en­tered a liquor store about 6pm and walked out with two bot­tles of spir­its each. They were chased around the block and an 18-year-old man was ar­rested on the roof of a Broad­way ad­dress a short time later. Po­lice are still seek­ing the sec­ond of­fender.

A car parked on Broad­way was bro­ken into dur­ing the day. Po­lice are re­view­ing CCTV footage.

A quan­tity of diesel was taken from sev­eral ma­chines at a Wardville Rd work site. Now that schools are back, po­lice would like to send out a re­minder about safety on the road.

Tips for mo­torists:

Be alert for chil­dren; they can be un­pre­dictable.

Re­mem­ber there is a per­ma­nent re­duced 4kmh speed thresh­old in place around all schools.

Slow down in and near school zones or res­i­den­tial ar­eas and come to a com­plete stop at all in­ter­sec­tions.

Look for clues such as cross­ing guards, bi­cy­cles and play­grounds which in­di­cate chil­dren could be in the area.

Scan be­tween parked cars and other ob­jects for signs that chil­dren could dart into the road.

Al­ways stop for school buses load­ing and un­load­ing stu­dents.



Al­low plenty of time so you are not rushed as you travel to work or school.

Safe walk­ing tips for par­ents:

Young chil­dren should be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult, older child or a buddy.

In­volve chil­dren in se­lect­ing the safest route to school/home. Take a prac­tice walk with your chil­dren along the route so they be­come fa­mil­iar with it.

Teach chil­dren to stop, lis­ten and look for ap­proach­ing and turn­ing ve­hi­cles.

Dis­cuss the use of cross­walks and why it’s safer to cross at some cor­ners rather than oth­ers.

Dis­cuss the mean­ing of traf­fic sig­nals and mark­ings along the route.

Teach chil­dren to co-op­er­ate with po­lice, school safety pa­trols and adult cross­ing guards.

Set a good ex­am­ple for chil­dren.

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