Fire­works theft re­veals drugs op­er­a­tion

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Rd. A ve­hi­cle went through a fence and hit a power pole. The Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade also at­tended and as­sisted the po­lice and am­bu­lance staff. Po­lice are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents on Tower Rd, and in ru­ral ar­eas, to take down the num­ber plates of sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles as there have been a num­ber of bur­glar­ies there. Fire­works were stolen in a bur­glary of a Firth St prop­erty. Af­ter be­ing granted a search war­rant Mata­mata po­lice dis­cov­ered a cannabis grow­ing op­er­a­tion within a stor­age lockup but were not able to lo­cate the miss­ing fire­works. Po­lice are also en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal busi­nesses who buy as­para­gus to make sure the sell­ers of this veg­etable are le­git­i­mate. They say there is a con­tin­u­ing prob­lem with peo­ple pick­ing as­para­gus grown in Wa­haroa and then on-sell­ing it. A Mata­mata Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade crew at­tended a trac­tor fire on Buck­land Rd. Mata­mata fire chief Kevin Cur­tis en­cour­ages farm­ers, es­pe­cially at this time of year, to stop and pop the hood of their trac­tors to check for nest­ing ma­te­rial. ‘‘They need to do this all the time, even if they have been driv­ing around and then go in for lunch they have to check it af­ter­wards as birds are that quick,’’ he said. He also



to make sure they have checked their smoke alarm bat­ter­ies re­cently. A kitchen fire at a Po­hutukawa Pl prop­erty was out when a Mata­mata fire crew ar­rived.

Novem­ber 6

A fire crew at­tended a truck fire on Sh­effield St.

Novem­ber 7

A fire crew at­tended a tree fire on Ward St in Wa­haroa.

Novem­ber 8

A fire crew at­tended a rub­bish fire on Sed­don St in Wa­haroa.

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