Chases keep police busy over weekend
Police in Central Hawke’s Bay were kept busy by a rapid series of unrelated events on Sunday night. Police were initially called to close the road between River Tce and Lindsay Rd, just north of Waipukurau township at about 7.45pm while St John Ambulance responded to a self harm incident. Later that evening in an unrelated incident they arrested a 19-year-old man who was alleged to be running around Waipukurau threatening to stab people, causing multiple calls to 111. This was followed with a further arrest after a vehicle was stopped in Waipawa and was found to contain stolen goods. One occupant was arrested on a warrant. Police were then called to an incident where the occupants of a vehicle, who were said to be wearing Mongrel Mob colours, allegedly took exception to a man in another vehicle who was wearing a blue shirt and challenged him to a fight. The man wearing the blue shirt fled in his vehicle and drove around Waipawa with the alleged offenders chasing him and throwing bottles out their car windows and trying to run him off the road. He finally drove to Waipukurau where he hid. Two men were arrested for dangerous driving. Police are also investigating a stolen car found burnt-out on Walker Rd, Waipawa, and a second vehicle — a Mazda Demio — stolen from Francis Drake St, Waipukurau, on Saturday night and burnt out below Pukeora Hill. A break-in at the A&P Showgrounds building on the night of July 15/16 resulted in the theft of a quantity of alcohol, while further thefts have occurred at Pourerere Rd where 14 mini-bales of animal feed were stolen from a paddock, and Tikokino Rd where a car shed was broken into during daylight and tools including chainsaws, power tools and hand tools stolen. Anyone with information about these or other crimes can report them to the Waipukurau Police Station, Northumberland St Waipukurau, or phone the police non-emergency number 105. In case of emergency or suspicious activity phone 111.