Stab­bing in­ci­dent tops crime

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - PO­LICE REPORT

A stab­bing, and smash and grab were two ma­jor in­ci­dents for Mata­mata po­lice in the past fort­night.

Po­lice re­sponded to a party at a Ge­orge St ad­dress, where a Mata­mata man re­ceived a su­per­fi­cial wound af­ter be­ing stabbed in the neck.

The of­fender, also from Mata­mata, was charged and is in cus­tody.

Po­lice also re­sponded to a smash and grab from the Gull Ser­vice sta­tion on April 18.

The sta­tion was closed at the time.

Mata­mata po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Blair Hayde is prais­ing the owner who had placed bol­lards in front of the shop.

These pre­vented the of­fend­ers from crash­ing a ve­hi­cle into the front win­dow.

The of­fend­ers used a car jack to smash a win­dow and grab cig­a­rettes.

Gull owner David Scholtz said he was dis­ap­pointed with the po­lice re­sponse time.

He lives min­utes away from the sta­tion and heard the alarms sound.

The of­fend­ers had fled by the time he ar­rived at the sta­tion.

He said the po­lice re­spon­der told him ‘‘there was noth­ing they could do to help, as there was no one avail­able to re­spond’’.

Scholtz claimed a po­lice con­sta­ble ar­rived at the scene 25 min­utes af­ter he placed the call.

Hayde said the av­er­age re­sponse time is seven min­utes and he would al­ways pre­fer to achieve that, or bet­ter ev­ery time.

He also said this high­lighted a train­ing is­sue at the call cen­tre as there is al­ways a patrol car on duty in East Waikato which sup­ports the staff who are on call 24/7.

But he said 25 min­utes is not in­dica­tive of the ac­tual ar­rival time at an in­ci­dent.

He said other pro­cesses go into re­spond­ing to a call out not just rush­ing straight to a scene where the of­fend­ers are no longer present.

Bur­glar­ies have also kept po­lice busy over the past two weeks.

Cloth­ing was taken from clothes lines in both Hamp­ton Ter­race and Col­lege St. CCTV from one of the homes cap­tured two ju­ve­niles.

An alarm scared off of­fend­ers try­ing to gain en­try into a Bur­wood Rd ad­dress.

A brand new farm bike and farm­ing equip­ment was stolen from Maisey Rd.

A back en­trance of a cafe on Broad­way was bro­ken into. CCTV en­abled po­lice to iden­tify two of the of­fend­ers, one was lo­cated and charged.

Po­lice are hop­ing the com­mu­nity may be able to help iden­tify a gar­den-or­na­ment thief, or thieves.

In the past two weeks so­lar lights were taken from Find­later St, a bird bath was taken from Man­nix Place and gar­den or­na­ments were taken from Ngaio St.

FAIRFAX NZ

Above: Mata­mata po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Blair Hayde. A range of crime in­ci­dents have kept po­lice at the Mata­mata sta­tion busy in the past two weeks.

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