Vegetable plants stolen in burglary
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.
A fire crew responded to a private fire alarm activation.
A fire crew responded to a vegetation fire at Rapurapu Reserve.
A fire crew assisted police and ambulance staff at an accident scene. A single motor vehicle had rolled on Landsdowne Rd.