Veg­etable plants stolen in bur­glary

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re­ported to the Mata­mata po­lice. The owner of the gar­den, a 73-year-old pen­sioner, said toma­toes, cu­cum­ber, pump­kin, let­tuce and half of her beet­root plants were taken. She thinks it was well planned, as the burglars would have brought their own tools and a wheel­bar­row as the po­lice could see a track of a wheel in the wet the next day. She was most an­noyed about the theft of the tomato plants be­cause they were ‘‘50 to 60 cms tall, flow­er­ing and as healthy as can be’’. She be­lieved the burglars were plan­ning to re­plant the veg­eta­bles and har­vest them as they needed to. ‘‘If they had been hard-up they could have knocked on my door and asked for any of my ex­cess veg­eta­bles and I would have given them to them, but now they have not only de­prived me but also those I give my ex­cess veg­eta­bles to.’’ She nor­mally took the ex­cess to her church and those in need would take it. Some had sug­gested she should put in a se­cu­rity light but she said she didn’t have the money for that. She hoped putting out this in­for­ma­tion would make peo­ple more aware of this is­sue and en­cour­age them re­port any thefts like that, or any­one wan­der­ing around with a wheel­bar­row full of veg­etable plants, to the po­lice. ‘‘A neigh­bour might even see fully grown plants in a next door neigh­bour’s gar­den that weren’t there be­fore and re­port that,’’ she said. A Mata­mata fire crew ex­tin­guished a trailer fire in Te Poi.

Novem­ber 16

A fire crew re­sponded to a pri­vate fire alarm ac­ti­va­tion.

Novem­ber 17

A fire crew re­sponded to a veg­e­ta­tion fire at Ra­pu­rapu Re­serve.

Novem­ber 21

A fire crew as­sisted po­lice and am­bu­lance staff at an accident scene. A sin­gle mo­tor ve­hi­cle had rolled on Lands­downe Rd.

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