Po­lice hunt es­caped pris­oner

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato po­lice are look­ing for Pa­trick Ju­nior Atu­tahi, aged 22 years.

He is a male maori, has long black hair and is about 160cm tall.

Atu­tahi ap­peared in the Toko­roa District Court on Mon­day, Novem­ber 14, on se­ri­ous as­sault charges and was re­manded in cus­tody. He es­caped af­ter his hear­ing while be­ing trans­ported from the Toko­roa Court.

Sight­ings of him should be re­ported to po­lice im­me­di­ately.

Farms around the South Waikato have be­gun plant­ing maize.

Ev­ery sum­mer maize crops are used by cannabis grow­ers to grow and con­ceal their crops, maize is seen as a good place for grow­ers to carry out their il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity.

An­other con­cern is that while these peo­ple are il­le­gally on farm prop­er­ties, items of value are be­ing in­ter­fered with and stolen.

Farm­ers are urged to re­port any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity to po­lice, sight­ings of ve­hi­cles and per­sons in strange places out in coun­try ar­eas will be of in­ter­est to po­lice.

If any cannabis is found grow­ing on your prop­erty please re­port this to your lo­cal po­lice sta­tion.

It has been a quiet week­end for Toko­roa Po­lice with only one ar­rest for drink driv­ing.

Se­nior Sergeant Graeme Hill said although this is a pleas­ing re­sult, it’s still not good enough.

‘‘A pleas­ing re­sult would be zero ar­rests. It is a timely re­minder with sum­mer com­ing up that peo­ple plan ahead when en­joy­ing a night out.’’

Mr Hill said there have been four re­ported bur­glar­ies in Toko­roa, two of which have been solved.

The two un­solved bur­glar­ies oc­curred at ru­ral ad­dresses.

‘‘We want to re­mind our ru­ral res­i­dents to lock up.’’

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