Armed raid by po­lice as schools com­pete nearby

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weird’, so looked back and at least six more came out,’’ she said.

Po­lice have been tight-lipped on the raid, re­fus­ing to an­swer ques­tions put to them yes­ter­day – in­clud­ing whether they were aware the re­gional Jump Jam fi­nals were be­ing held at the time.

Po­lice were also asked whether ‘‘any con­sid­er­a­tion was given to pub­lic safety ahead of the raid, given this was one of the busiest days of the year for the Theatre Royal with hun­dreds of par­ents and chil­dren mov­ing to and from the lo­ca­tion’’.

Mid-South Can­ter­bury area com­man­der In­spec­tor Dave Gaskin did, how­ever, con­firm ‘‘a search war­rant was ex­e­cuted on a busi­ness ad­dress in Ti­maru on Wed­nes­day’’.

‘‘As the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is open, no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion will be given,’’ he said.

It is not known whether any ar­rests were made or charges laid.

With an un­prece­dented 60 teams, this year’s Jump Jam event in­volved about 700 pupils from 21 schools, mak­ing it eas­ily one of the busiest days for the Theatre Royal.

The event is hosted by Sport Can­ter­bury.

Sport Can­ter­bury South Can­ter­bury re­gional man­ager Shaun Camp­bell said he was aware of the raid but did not wish to make any com­ment on the mat­ter.

Jump Jam South Can­ter­bury co­or­di­na­tor Lee King, who is con­tracted by Sport Can­ter­bury, said she was un­aware of the raid.

‘‘I can only pre­sume that the po­lice would not have gone ahead if there was the slight­est chance that any child, that any­one at all, could have been harmed dur­ing the raid,’’ King said. ‘‘It is quite bizarre though. ‘‘I mean, we have this ex­ten­sive health and safety plan, but it doesn’t ac­count for an armed po­lice raid right next door.

‘‘Ab­so­lutely no-one said any­thing to me – no par­ents, no kids, no teach­ers.’’

King con­firmed chil­dren were us­ing the front and back en­trances to the Theatre Royal.

‘‘The po­lice are the ones that keep us safe. I would have ex­pected they would have told us.’’

King said once she knew more about the event she would ‘‘most def­i­nitely’’ raise her con­cerns with the po­lice. A Ti­maru CrossFit class took a ro­man­tic turn when a mem­ber raised heart rates, propos­ing to his girl­friend in a pre-work­out brief­ing.

Ravi Araujo, 24, got down on one knee and pro­posed to girl­friend Paloma Diehl, 26, at the Washdyke CrossFit gym last week in a ges­ture three weeks in the mak­ing.

A video of the pro­posal, shared on CrossFit Ti­maru’s Face­book page, has reached al­most 1000 views and is a first for the gym, owner Ch­eryl Hee­ley said.

‘‘A lot of plan­ning went into it and it was lovely to wit­ness,’’ Hee­ley said.

Araujo said he planned the pro­posal for sev­eral weeks, call­ing in friends to help with the sur­prise. Paloma Diehl The pair, from Brazil, moved to New Zealand more than a year ago.

‘‘I had a whole lot of ideas and wanted to pro­pose at CrossFit as it’s some­thing we both do to­gether,’’ he said.

‘‘Some of my ideas were too cheesy but a tutor from CrossFit pointed me in the right di­rec­tion.’’

Araujo said ev­ery­thing that could go wrong in the lead-up to the pro­posal at a 5.30pm class last Fri­day went wrong.

‘‘I had knee surgery a cou­ple of months ago and had booked into a 5.30 ap­point­ment with my physio for that day,’’ Diehl said.

‘‘She told me on the Tues­day that we needed to change to a 6.30 CrossFit class as she had physio at 5.30pm. She re­ally wanted to go to physio,’’ Araujo said.

‘‘I had to call the physio and ask him to tell Paloma he was busy at that time now.’’

Araujo also needed to travel into Ti­maru from the Clan­de­boye dairy farm the cou­ple work on to pick up the en­gage­ment ring.

‘‘I had to come into town on the Fri­day be­fore and so it meant I was away for about two hours.

‘‘When I got home she was up­set be­cause I took a two-hour lunch break,’’ he said.

He also left his jacket on the back of a chair at their home, with the ring in­side his pocket, at risk of be­ing found by Diehl.

‘‘Luck­ily she didn’t pick it up,’’ he said.

Diehl said the pro­posal was a ‘‘com­plete sur­prise’’.

‘‘I didn’t imag­ine it was go­ing to hap­pen. I cried, and of course I said yes,’’ she said.

The pair met three years ago when Diehl was play­ing in a rugby sevens tour­na­ment in Brazil.

‘‘I met her and I was hooked,’’ Araujo said.

They plan to marry in Brazil in Novem­ber and will prob­a­bly move back to their home coun­try as they want to set up a CrossFit op­er­a­tion there.

Clan­de­boye cou­ple Ravi Araujo, left, and Paloma Diehl are en­gaged fol­low­ing Araujo’s pro­posal at their CrossFit class last week.


An aerial im­age show­ing the Theatre Royal on Stafford St.

In­spec­tor Dave Gaskin – ‘‘as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is open, no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion will be given’’.

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