by Senior Constable Ian Henderson
Local Police have been kept busy with a number of incidents over the last week, so here is a summary -
On Monday 18th November a mountain bike was taken from the bike-stands at Wanaka Primary School. It has a khaki frame with white writing, front shocks and front and rear lights. If you know the whereabouts of this bike please contact Wanaka Police.
Also on Monday Police received a complaint of damage to the rear of the ANZ Bank in Ardmore Street over the weekend. A line of enquiry is being followed up.
On Wednesday 20th, Police assisted QLDC staff dealing with the illegal parking at the base of Mt Roy. The yellow lines are not to be parked on, as the adjacent paddock space is there for the overflow parking, so please use it.
On Thursday 21st, a property on the Lake Häwea waterfront was the subject of a burglary which was committed by a very determined burglar. A suspicious vehicle was seen in the area around the same time. If anyone has any information about this please give us a call.
Later on the Thursday evening, two local males were processed for drink-driving, and a local woman was charged with driving while disqualified.
On Saturday 23rd, Police were advised of a small boat coming to shore opposite the Ardmore St bars. The male occupants exited and wandered off into various bars but were not located. The boat was secured on the foreshore. Alcohol and boating, especially at night without life-jackets is a disaster waiting to happen.
On Saturday evening of Saturday 23rd, a further three drivers were processed for drink-driving. A far from ideal result for the weekend. Early that morning, Police attended a serious motor vehicle accident on SH 6 near the Wanaka Airport.
The firearms amnesty was conducted at Wanaka on 15 & 16 November at the Upper Clutha Rugby Club and the response was very positive. The final date held here in Wanaka is December 8th. You must complete the on-line forms first if you wish to hand in any illegal firearms or accessories.
A reminder with the current weather being rather damp and windy, do your homework if you are intending to head out onto the lakes or into the mountains, just so that SAR won’t have to come looking for you.
Have a safe week. (Kei te wiki haumaru)