Now that summer has finally arrived, local Police have had an interesting week involving a variety of incidents. So here is a summary:
Monday and Tuesday last week were reasonably quiet, but on Wednesday the 28th November, Police attended a crash, on Mt Aspiring Road out near Treble Cone, where a tourist approaching a cattle-stop drove off the road and through a fence. The driver was taken to Dunstan Hospital as a precaution. Also that day a local man was arrested for ‘obtaining by deception’.
Domestic incidents were attended on the 27th, 29th and 30th November. Police safety orders were issued in two of the incidents while the third resulted in a male being processed for drink-driving and related charges.
On the Friday night Police attended a serious incident on Denniston Road, Hawea, where a male was hit by a passing vehicle as he was walking along the road. The victim was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The vehicle failed to stop and has yet to be located. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a white wellside Ute with recent frontal damage is asked to contact Wanaka Police. Police also attended a large fight in Helwick Street at about 12.20am.
On Saturday night, an assault that took place in the grounds of Mt Aspiring College, and this is also being investigated.
On Sunday the 2nd, Police received two reports of damage to vehicles parked at Wanaka Auto Sales in Brownston St, and a male acting suspiciously in Hillview Place off Plantation Road.
The Wanaka Beer Festival at the Showgrounds on Saturday afternoon was a success. It was a sell out and many good craft beers and some amazing food was consumed by those fortunate enough to attend. Well done to the organisers, the exhibitors/foodies and those on security.
The Cromwell Races on a hot day was very busy with a capacity crowd and some exciting racing. A pass mark from Police. Many young people on show making an effort to dress up for the occasion and only a few issues with behaviour and intoxication.
Please note that the year round liquor ban for the Wanaka and Hawea townships has been extended to 8pm to 8am daily. The Christmas and New Year liquor bans stay the same.
Have a safe week.