Armed raid by police as schools compete nearby
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. email@example.com 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’’.