Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Waikouaiti Community Report August 2007

Tena kotou katoa,

This month the annual Undie 500 event took place at Dunedin, as most
people are aware it did not go without incident. Many students and
other young people will be appearing before the Courts on a variety of
charges. Unfortunately Waikouaiti and Palmerston did not escape the
effects of the event.

An incident occurred on Friday 24 August 2007, a Palmerston teenager
threw eggs at a passing car containing students from Lincoln
University, the students retaliated by firing numerous paintballs at
the group of teenagers. Both parties should be disappointed with their
behaviour which occurred in the centre of Palmerston, a Palmerston man
has been charged with disorderly behaviour and wilful damage, while a
Lincoln University student faces firearms charges. Enquiries are
continuing.

On Sunday 26 August 2007, a group of twelve persons which included
students from Lincoln University were returning to Christchurch, they
stopped outside the Golden Fleece tavern and went about smashing the
windows of an abandoned van parked nearby. Two men will be appearing
at the Dunedin District Court in September for disorderly behaviour in
relation to this incident.

During the months of July and August 2007, the Warrington community
has been the victim of a spate of property thefts, thefts from cars,
and burglaries, a young person residing at Warrington has admitted to
committing a number of these crimes and enquiries are ongoing to
determine the extent of his offending.

This is a reminder to the community to be vigilant and to note
suspicious activity and report it to the police immediately. A
concerned neighbour was able to provide police with important
information regarding one of the burglaries which occurred along Bay
Road in mid August.

Several members of the public were given a fright when a bomb was
discovered in the toilet block at the Warrington Domain on the 11th of
August 2007, police were called, the area was evacuated and the bomb
squad was notified. Thankfully a short time later a Warrington youth
admitted to making the "device", and all emergency services were stood
down. The young person was spoken to and warned of the consequences of
his actions, his parents were notified.

Finally police have attended several incidents involving sheep
becoming loose and making their way onto State Highway One, police
make every effort to return the stock, however we believe the stock is
or may be endangering motorists, these animals will be destroyed, and
stock owners will be prosecuted for their part.

Remember if you require information regarding road conditions
telephone Transit New Zealand on 0800 44 44 49.

Remember if you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the
Police regarding any other matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127.
In emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.

by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
New Zealand Police
Waikouaiti

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