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Missing Flaxmere man returned home by Hawke's Bay police

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Found: Jason Wright, 48, of Flaxmere

A Flaxmere man missing for three days was found in Napier on Monday afternoon.

Hawke’s Bay police had been looking for Jason Wright, 48, who was last seen leaving his Flaxmere home at around 10pm on Friday July 22.

Wright is known to go out walking at night and often moves between Flaxmere, Hastings, Taradale and Napier and was eventually located on Napier's Marine Pde around 4.30pm on Monday. He was assessed at hospital before being taken home, police said.

Police would like to thank everyone who assisted them with information relating to Mr Wright's location

Hawkes Bay Regional Prison kennels proving a hit with other services

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Working dogs across the country are enjoying new kennels thanks to the efforts of prisoners from Hawkes Bay Regional Prison.

When NZ Police needed replacements for their outdated dog kennels, they approached the Corrections drug dog detector team to see what they used for their dogs.  

The Corrections kennels were built by prisoners learning building and carpentry at the prison, so the Police asked for them to build new kennels for their dogs as well.

The Corrections design gives the dog comfort and space and they can be easily cleaned by the dog handlers. As they are of a kit set design the kennel can be put up and broken down quickly then reassembled elsewhere, says Gary Hosegood, Principal Instructor, Offender Employment.

Building the kennels helps the prisoners gain building and carpentry skills as they are built to trade standards, says Mr Hosegood.

“The training is part of the ongoing effort at Hawkes Bay Regional Prison to give prisoners real work to back up on the unit standards and Level 2 National Certificates they gain in the building, joinery and cabinetmaking and engineering  trades.

“The prisoners are also able to use the skills gained to work in a variety of areas. We have a few employers  involved in our Release to Work programme that are timber focussed. This means our Release to Work case managers can place the prisoner in work that suits their skills and allows them to gain more valuable work experience.”

Meantime, they will have plenty to do building the kennels as the police are looking to buy more of the new design, and they are also used by the Aviation Security Explosive Detector Dog Unit.

“We have made changes to the kennels that suit the Police needs and have continually worked with our clients so that they receive a product that is second to none that also works well for them,”  Mr. Hosegood says.

Hastings police appeal for help to find missing Flaxmere man

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Hawke’s Bay police are looking to find Flaxmere man Jason Wright, who has been missing since Friday night.

The 48-year-old left his Flaxmere home at around 10pm on Friday July 22 and hasn’t been seen since police said in a statement issued around 6pm on Sunday night.

He is described as European, 170cm tall and of medium build.

He is bald on the crown of his head and has short brown hair on the back and sides, and has facial stubble.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black jacket and a grey t-shirt.

Mr Wright is known to go out walking at night and often moves between Flaxmere, Hastings, Taradale and Napier.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have information on his whereabouts.

Anyone with information can contact Hastings police on 06 873 0500 and quote file number 160724/4353.

Police promise a 'visible presence' when Hawke's Bay schools resume on Monday

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With children across the country returning to school tomorrow, drivers in Hawke’s Bay are being reminded to slow down and pay attention around schools.

Hawke’s Bay police will have a visible presence around schools, monitoring the speed and parking actions of drivers.

"Children can be unpredictable and drivers need to take this into account when travelling in school zones," said Senior Sergeant David Sutherland.

"The start and end of the school day can be chaos with kids coming and going and often cars double parked or stopping on yellow lines."

Senior Sergeant Sutherland says police will be looking out for anyone who may be parking or stopping illegally around schools and taking enforcement action where necessary.

While drivers need to slow down and pay attention around schools it is also just as important for pedestrians to stick to the footpath and utilise pedestrian crossings.

An 18-year-old woman was allegedly forced into a car in Hastings and sexually assaulted, police say.

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Police are investigating an alleged sexual assault in Flaxmere, Hastings, where a woman was apparently forced into a car.

The incident happened at about 8.30pm on March 9, outside Flaxmere Park on Wilson Rd.

As the 18-year-old woman was leaving the park, she was forced into a silver Subaru by a man she described as being Samoan or Pacific Islander, police say.

Detective Sarah Williams said police wanted information from anyone who saw the car near the park.

A man is assisting police with their investigation.

In a separate Hastings incident, a woman managed to escape a group of men who tried to force her into a people mover on Thursday.

Flexi Buy, which operates in Hawke's Bay, hit with $50,000 fine

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A truck shop that failed to tell its customers about credit repayments and deceived some has been hit with a $50,000 in an industry-wide crackdown.

A truck shop company that deceived its customers about credit repayments has become the first to cop a fine following a crackdown on the industry.

Flexi Buy was one of two companies singled out in a damning report by the Commerce Commission into the truck shop industry last year.

It was charged with failing to disclose key information about credit repayments - including how big payments were, how often and rules around cancelling - as well as describing key information in a misleading way.

Sentencing Judge Chris Field said the company - which is no longer operating - had been "entirely reckless in its dealings with members of the public".

He fined it $50,000 and ordered it to pay another $3400 in damages to customers in the first sentencing following the investigation.

"It is notable that in this case the judge indicated that significant harm and stress no doubt occurred to debtors as they tried to understand their rights," Commissioner Anna Rawlings said after the sentencing.

There are still three other cases mobile trader cases in the court and four more are being investigated by the Commerce Commission.

Ms Rawlings said legal changes since then would allow further companies to receive heavier fines than those handed out to Flexi Buy.

The commission's 2015 report found out of 32 mobile shops it looked at, 31 did not, to varying extents, comply with all of their legal obligations.

Flexi Buy sold electronic goods, such as computers, phones and TVs door-to-door in South Auckland, Whangarei, Tokoroa, Murupara, Porirua, Kaikohe, Hastings and Gisborne.

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Latvian man to face charges in Hasting's court over stabbing of two females.

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A 23 year old Latvian national will face charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm when he appears in the Hastings District Court this week.

The charges stem from an incident at a Flaxmere address on Saturday night where the two female victims were stabbed.

Physically the victims are recovering well from their injuries.

The defendant will also face a charge of ill-treatment in relation to the victims dog. The defendant remains hospitalised and is undergoing assessment

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