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Gold FM Police File

Posted May 05, 2020
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Media Release: Senior Community Constable Harley North

Senior Community Constable Harley North reported in on a very busy Police File by phone with Brian Gentil. Click play on our podcast to hear the full interview and details.

Saturday 25 April
Police checkpoints at Paeroa and Waihi Beach stopped a total of 262 vehicles. 11 people were caught breaching the COVID19 restrictions at Paeroa and none at Waihi Beach. The majority of offending related to failing to self-isolate. All received warnings and some were turned around to head back their bubbles.

Before the lowering of the COVID19 alert level several surfers received warnings for breaching the COVID19 rules at Waihi Beach. One surfer did a runner with his surfboard under his arm when he saw the cops arrive. However police are confident he got the message.

A Waihi man and woman each received warnings for breaching COVID19 self-isolation after they were found the night prior entering a friends dwelling and bursting his bubble.

An historic burglary was discovered at a residential property at The Esplanade, Waihi Beach. A BBQ had been stolen. It appears the offender also tried to force entry to the dwelling but was unsuccessful.

Sunday 26 April
A gas califont was stolen from a residential property at Tauranga Road. Police are awaiting forensic tests results.

Another police checkpoint at Paeroa. 70 vehicles stopped and two COIVD19 isolation breach warnings given.

Police attended a family harm incident at Athenree. One male sustained a black eye and another had a suspected broken hand. No complaint forthcoming. The male with the broken hand was served with a police safety order and hospitalised.

Monday 27 April
A search warrant was executed at a Golden Valley address for a wanted offender. Waikato Armed Offenders Squad and local police searched the property. The male was not located and is still sought. Some Cannabis and a firearm belonging to the male were seized. Enquiries to locate the male continue.

Two Waihi Beach surfers received COVID19 warnings for ignoring the rules. One of them alleged that the Prime Minister said he was allowed to surf while his mate was a little more honest and said he was just sick of waiting.

Tuesday 28 April
Two Thames men got their boat stuck on a sand bar at Tanners Point while fishing. They both received COVID19 breach warnings and were directed home.

A few other regular customers of local police were spoken to throughout the shift and warned for failing to self-isolate. They’re deliberately breaching the rules and it’s unlikely they will desist. A few of them have been arrested and charged already and more prosecutions will follow.

A Slevin Street resident reported that their cats had been shot with an air rifle. Police are seeking information.

Wednesday 29 April
An ex-tenant allegedly stole a log splitter, TV and CCTV cameras from a Tauranga Road property. Police are investigating.

A Waihi eatery business at Seddon Street was forced to close their premises for failing to follow the no-contact rules relating to Covid19. They rectified the issues and were up and running again the following day.

A Waihi woman was found injured at Coffey’s Creek. Police attended however the woman refused to lay a complaint. Her injuries are suspected to be family harm related. Referrals to social services have been made.

Two more gas califonts were stolen from a commercial premise at School Lane. The burglaries were historic.

A vehicle vs cyclist traffic crash at Hetherington Road, Whangamata. The vehicle left the crash scene and came to Waihi. The driver has since been identified and is assisting police. The cyclist sustained minor injuries and did not require hospitalisation. The crash was captured on CCTV and police are investigating.

Another two COVID19 self-isolation breaches were detected and warnings were given. One in Waihi and the other at Waihi Beach.

Thursday 30 April
A cattle truck lost its trailer which crashed over a barrier at SH2 Karangahake Gorge and into Ohinemuri River. Some cattle escaped while others were trapped, injured or killed. A Vet attended the scene. The driver was uninjured. Waihi Fire and Emergency and St Johns Ambulance attended. A large crane was brought into the scene to remove the trailer which required closure of SH2 for about 5 hours. The owner of the cattle was onsite as well as the transport company. Police are investigating the cause.

Friday 1 May
Police assisted a Council Dog Control Officer to seize three dogs from a Jenkinson Street address. The owner of the dogs had previously been disqualified from owning them.

A BBQ, three gas califonts, a wood splitter, a television and CCTV cameras stolen recently. Someone in the community will know where they are or may have information that can assist police to recover them and hold the offenders to account. These are not victimless crimes. Police need your help. Hopefully we’ve made it through the worst that COVID19 has to offer but it’s not over yet, so stick to the rules. People found breaching them will get plenty of police attention. Every warning gets recorded in the police computer system against the person. One too many warnings will result in arrest and prosecution.

Police contacts
Report crime online at - If it’s already happened call 105. If it’s happening now call 111. For traffic matters call *555 (mobile phone only). To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.Waihi Police Station public counter is closed due to COVID19 however police staff are working 24/7. Paeroa Police Station public counter is open.