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A man tot­ing a sawn-off shot­gun has had his rob­bery of an Auck­land bank foiled. De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Glenn Bald­win said the man pointed the weapon at staff in the ASB Bank on Block­house Bay Rd, who in re­sponse ac­ti­vated an emer­gency se­cu­rity screen. The man left quickly af­ter­wards, empty handed, he said. The ag­gra­vated rob­bery hap­pened on June 27 at about 4.10pm. The man was still on the run on June 28 and might have fled on a mo­tor­cy­cle. Bald­win said it was a horrible crime and it left the bank staff and cus­tomers very shaken. He said for­tu­nately no one was hurt, but vi­o­lent crimes such as this were trau­matic for those in­volved and the of­fender needed to be caught. The man wore a white full-face mo­tor­cy­cle hel­met and a dis­tinc­tive blue hooded sweat­shirt with white let­ter­ing in­clud­ing the word LOWER in cap­i­tals on the back, long blue pants and blue sports shoes. He car­ried a red bag. The man’s cloth­ing was dis­tinc­tive and some­body will recog­nise it, Bald­win said. Po­lice ap­pealed for any­body who saw the of­fender or who may have fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to get in con­tact with the po­lice on 09 302 6557 or to call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.


Dog reg­is­tra­tion is cheaper if paid be­fore Au­gust, Linda Cooper says. The chair­woman of the coun­cil’s Reg­u­la­tory Com­mit­tee said pay­ing on­line was also eas­ier this year due to a con­sis­tent on­line ex­pe­ri­ence and the op­tion of a bank trans­fer. Dis­counts were of­fered for ‘‘re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers’’, those with de­sexed pets, and Su­perGold and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices card hold­ers. There were more than 102,000 reg­is­tered dogs across the Auck­land re­gion, she said.


A special screen­ing of the biopic McLaren has been or­gan­ised for Bruce McLaren In­ter­me­di­ate School at WestCity on July 4. The screen­ing was one of prin­ci­pal Liz Wood’s goals to take the school back to ‘all things Bruce’ to in­stil pride into stu­dents about the school’s fa­mous name­sake, New Zealand’s iconic racer Bruce McLaren.

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