Town is still busy after the New Year mayhem. So much has happened over the last two weeks, so my summary will include post Christmas Day onwards. A real mixture of happenings, from tragedy to the good stuff.
After Santa left via the front door, taking his glass of milk and slice of Christmas cake with him, Police in Wanaka were quite busy, most of the time, dealing with the many people in Wanaka. Some were from out of town who brought their bad attitudes with them. The New Year liquor ban again worked very well. Most people were issued a warning because they did what was required of them. Those that didn’t were $250 poorer. R&A went particularly well as did the events at Lake Hawea - the value of having good staff and quality security.
Parking remains a problem close to town, and it was poor that many chose to destroy the grass areas even when choosing to park beside the ‘no parking on the grass’ signs. The walk into the CBD generally compensates spending the day eating and drinking.
Police attended a single-vehicle crash on the Crown Range on the 25th December.
On the 26th, a burglary at a Beech St address was reported.
A couple of bikes were reported stolen over the New Year period.
On the 27th, a 33yr old tramper was reported missing in the Siberia Hut area but was located safe and well.
On the 28th a 47yr old man fell off the NW Ridge of Mt Aspiring and suffered a broken leg. He was flown to Dunedin Hospital.
On New Year’s Eve a male reported being assaulted in Ardmore St by a stranger near the I-site. Also that day a four-vehicle crash was attended at the Brownston St/Dungarvon St intersection. Fortunately there were no injuries in the crash.
On New Year’s Day a forbidden driver had his vehicle impounded and another male had his 4WD vehicle ‘green stickered’ due to four bald tyres.
On the 2nd January, a local man died as a result of a paragliding accident on Mt Roy.
On the 3rd, a male tourist was arrested after he flew his drone near where the eight helicopters were working to extinguish the Mt Roy fire, causing the helicopters to cease flying for a short time.
On the 4th January a Dunedin male heading to the Shapeshifter concert at Lake Hawea was arrested for discarding glass bottles from his vehicle.
On the 5th January, a burglary was reported at a Bernard Road address. Another burglary was also reported to a Ragan Lane address.
Police will continue to focus on speed and driving manner on local roads through the holiday period. The speed tolerance remains at 104km/hr on the open road. Cell phone use by drivers and seatbelt use by vehicle occupants will continue to be a focus. Up to 50 incidents per day are being attended through the district as Police strive to reduce harm on our roads. Thanks to all those motorists who have reported bad drivers on *555 and 111.
We have tons of found property in our store room, so if you think your property may be sitting at the station, call in and enquire with Kate or Catherine.
Have a safe week.