Alcohol stolen at speedway
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.