Van­dals strike

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Van­dal­is­ing pot plants along Broad­way is a petty thing to do, ac­cord­ing to Mata­mata woman Ruth West­gate.

West­gate, who works at Jo Anne Prevett Travel, said the pot plants out­side her work­place were torn down by van­dals not once but twice in re­cent weeks.

The in­ci­dents, which oc­curred in the early hours of the morn­ing, saw the pot plants torn down and left for dust on the foot­path.

West­gate said it was dis­heart­en­ing that these sorts of in­ci­dents oc­curred, es­pe­cially as busi­nesses along Broad­way were only try­ing to do some­thing nice for the town.

Lo­cal po­lice have said they may know the iden­tity of the of­fend­ers, but they are seek­ing con­fir­ma­tion on this. If any­one has any in­for­ma­tion about the in­ci­dents, get in touch with lo­cal po­lice on 888 7117 or anony­mously on 0800 555 111. See still im­ages from CCTV footage on the Chron­i­cle’s Face­book page.

A shed was bur­gled in Wa­haroa. A weed eater, green Spit­fire com­pres­sor, glue gun and Stihl chain­saw were taken with food from a freezer.

Po­lice will be fol­low­ing up on in­quiries af­ter three lap­tops were taken from an elec­tron­ics store. A num­ber of peo­ple have been spo­ken to but no charges have been laid as yet.

Last Wed­nes­day a man was caught by se­cu­rity staff at a lo­cal su­per­mar­ket shov­ing two meat packs down his pants. He was ar­rested and charged.

Po­lice as­sisted in the ser­vice of an abate­ment no­tice at a prop­erty in Wa­haroa.

Po­lice were called to a Vosper St ad­dress af­ter the oc­cu­pant phoned them with con­cerns about a man try­ing to en­ter the prop­erty. Po­lice ar­rived and found the man was very in­tox­i­cated af­ter leav­ing a work func­tion. He was stay­ing at a nearby mo­tel and had mis­taken the house for his mo­tel room. Po­lice said the man had taken off his shoes and clothes and was dressed in a ‘‘racy pair of bat­man undies’’. Po­lice helped the man back to his mo­tel room.

At some stage over the week­end, a Vosper St ad­dress had vis­i­tors and meat was stolen from an out­side freezer. Po­lice know this wasn’t re­lated to the afore men­tioned caped cru­sader’s ad­ven­tures.

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Lo­cal po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent in which the vic­tim’s car was parked at a Sta­tion Rd ad­dress. Two tyres were punc­tured.

On July 26 a BMX bike val­ued at $2000 was taken from a Rata St ad­dress. The bike is a Wethep­eo­ple Zo­diac with a chrome frame and han­dle bars and black wheels. If you have any in­for­ma­tion about this bike, please con­tact po­lice.

Po­lice dealt with a num­ber of do­mes­tic in­ci­dents over the week­end. One in­volved a man who is cur­rently in Tau­ranga Hos­pi­tal af­ter al­most bleed­ing to death fol­low­ing a self­in­flicted wound. He is be­ing as­sessed by men­tal health ser­vices in Tau­ranga.

Over the week­end po­lice also is­sued a po­lice safety order at a Glad­stone Rd ad­dress af­ter both par­ties were found to be ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated.

Overnight on Fri­day, a 16-year-old male caused dam­age to his own home fol­low­ing a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent with his mother. He has been re­ferred to youth aid.

Overnight on Wed­nes­day, a shed was en­tered on Mow­bray Rd and petrol and hand tools were taken. The of­fender/s had to go through three locks to gain en­try.

The ‘‘booze bus’’ was in town on Fri­day night. Three peo­ple were pro­cessed for ex­cess breath al­co­hol. Two were for their third or sub­se­quent. One ve­hi­cle was seized. Three driv­ers’ li­cences were sus­pended im­me­di­ately. One person was ar­rested.

Po­lice said they were very dis­ap­pointed with this show­ing of drink driv­ing, es­pe­cially that two were re­cidi­vist of­fend­ers who seemed to have no thought for the con­se­quences of their ac­tions.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

RU­RAL FEEL: Con­sta­ble Jac­qui McBreen, who re­cently moved to Mata­mata, said af­ter work­ing at var­i­ous po­lice sta­tions in Auck­land for three years, she wanted to be closer to home, which is Ro­torua. She said she also wanted to get a taste of ru­ral polic­ing.

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