Van­dals strike schools again

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - SE­NIOR SERGEANT JA­SON HEN­DER­SON Fam­ily vi­o­lence

There has been fur­ther da­m­age to our lo­cal schools by youths fol­low­ing the re­cent win­dow smash­ing in­ci­dents.

This has in­cluded more bro­ken win­dows, rub­bish bins and other da­m­age around the schools right across town. These are how­ever com­pletely dif­fer­ent kids from the ear­lier in­ci­dents which re­sulted in four teenagers be­ing ar­rested.

It is the school hol­i­days and it now seems to be a form of en­ter­tain­ment for these kids to go and play at the schools, which I am more than happy for them to do but un­for­tu­nately this sort of thing is con­tin­u­ing to hap­pen.

On Sun­day night for ex­am­ple at one or two in the morn­ing 14 and 15 year-old kids were out play­ing spot­light. Par­ents need to be mak­ing sure their chil­dren are home by a rea­son­able hour to pre­vent fur­ther da­m­age from tak­ing place.

Schools are there for the com­mu­nity and they pro­vide a ser­vice. They are also a place for kids to be able to go and play but if they keep do­ing this schools will be­come fenced off and re­stricted ar­eas which will ruin it for ev­ery­one. Po­lice have spo­ken to a num­ber of youths in­volved in the lat­est in­ci­dents and in­quires are on­go­ing.

There were a cou­ple of mi­nor bur­glar­ies where food has been taken and sev­eral youths have been re­ferred to Youth Aid.

It is good to see how­ever that peo­ple are call­ing us early for these things be­cause that is how we are catch­ing these guys.

There were 12 in­ci­dents this week and two ar­rests for as­saults. The driver in these seems to be re­la­tion­ship prob­lems and we have re­ferred these peo­ple to our part­ner agen­cies such as TCOSS and Raukawa who will do some work to help these fam­i­lies out.

Pu­taruru has seen a bit of a spate in an­i­mal thefts where sheep have been slaugh­tered in their pad­docks. Dur­ing the last month 11 sheep in four or five sep­a­rate in­ci­dents were slaugh­tered along with a pet cow.

If any­one sees any­thing sus­pi­cious or out of the or­di­nary, such as ve­hi­cles go­ing up and down ru­ral roads, call 111, the sta­tion on 885 0100, or anony­mously via Crimes­top­pers on 0800 555 111.

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