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Communities band together to stop rural crime in Hawke's Bay

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Rural crime will be the focus of a series of community get-togethers in country halls throughout Hawke’s Bay.

The events have been arranged by Police and are intended to give local residents the opportunity to discuss any crime issues they have, including crime patterns and prevention measures the community could consider.

The Police-branded tractor will also be on display at each event. The tractor has been used at numerous public events around the country and has attracted much attention, especially from the rural community. It has become a symbol of rural crime prevention and is also popular with children.

Those attending the meetings include community constables, councillors and representatives from Community Patrols and Neighbourhood Support.

Hawke’s Bay Prevention Manager Inspector Andy Sloan said the get-togethers were a great chance for locals to discuss their concerns about crime in their area.

“It’s also an opportunity for residents to find out more about Community Patrols and think about forming a Rural Support group if there isn’t one operating in their locality. We strongly encourage people to look at prevention measures like this to help prevent crime in their community,” Mr Sloan said.

The Community Crime Prevention Get-Togethers will be held at the following locations. All events begin at 1pm and there will be hot drinks and a barbecue.

• Sherenden Community Hall - 4 August
• Patoka Community Hall - 6 August
• Meeanee Hall - 11 August
• Waipukurau Railway Esplanade - 13 August
• Farmlands Napier - 14 August

Police hunt offender following an armed robbery in Hastings.

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Police are calling for help from the public after the BP service station in Flaxmere was robbed last night.

A male entered the Swansea Rd service station at 10.50pm and approached one of the staff members.

The robber pointed a black pistol at the man then demanded cash and cigarettes.

After the staff member gave the man what he had asked for the robber ran off.

Police are requesting information from the public and say the man was described as a male Maori of medium build, 1.7m tall and was wearing light-coloured trousers, black shoes and a patterned hoody with long black sleeves.

If you have any information that could assist police please contact HB Police on 06 8310700 or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Axe wielding man causes major police callout in Napier

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Yesterday morning Tamatea's Bristol Street and Rochester Street were cordoned off following what was believed to have been a domestic incident.

Napier police were alerted after a man allegedly entered a house and began smashing the interior with a small axe.

Police deployed road spikes in front of the property to prevent the offender from leaving by car.

Armed officers and dog handlers eventually entered the house and a man was escourted from the property.

Police said the man was known to them and was known to have some issues.

 

Napier suburb cordoned off

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An area of Napier suburb Tamatea has been blocked off by police after road spikes were pulled onto the road.

Bristol Street and Rochester Street has been cordoned off and an ambulance is on the scene.

It is not yet known if the incident was a domestic dispute or how many people are involved.

 

Unrest at Hawke's Bay Regional Prison causes more headaches for Minister.

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The Minister of Corrections Sam Lotu-Iiga is having to deal with more unrest in our prison system following an incident at Hawke's Bay Regional Prison over the weekend.

It is claimed a unit at the prison was forced into lock down after three prisoners managed to smash their way out of their cells using pieces of wood with nails in them.

Cost cutting measures were being blamed for the incident as it is believed there were not enough staff available to deal with the issue at the time.

Today the Department of Corrections will take over the management of privately run Mt Eden Prison in Auckland after video footage was released showing organised fight clubs.

The recent incidents within the Corrections sector is placing more pressure on the Government to make changes.

 

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