Man in custody following AOS callout

A man is in custody after the armed offenders squad swarmed a Western Bay road last night. The road was sealed off by police as they hunted an alleged armed offender. At around 8.15pm on Saturday, police responded to reports of a domestic incident on... Read More

Armed police in Te Puna

UPDATE: 9.30pm: Armed police have gathered on rural roads around Te Puna and sealed off Armstrong Road.   Callers to the 0800 SUNLIVE newsline say there's a strong police presence in the vicinity of Te Puna Road and Armstrong Road, and at... Read More

Wanted Auckland men possibly in Rotorua

Police are hunting two Auckland men who are possibly hiding out in Rotorua. Counties Manukau Police say Piri Kahui and Nutimeki Polaapau are wanted on a number of active charges which include assault and aggravated robbery. It is possible they may be... Read More

Home detention for Tauranga man

A 65-year-old man who admitted lying to the court in order to avoid seizure of $190,000 worth of commercial woodworking machinery, received a home detention sentence, despite protests from police. Police prosecutor David Pawson called for a jail sentence... Read More

Top cop admits drink drive conviction

Police Commissioner Mike Bush is coming clean to the public and admitting a 34-year-old drink drive conviction. Mike says he is waiving his right to be covered by the Clean Slate Act to a third party, to disclose the conviction. He wants to do this to... Read More

Golf course chase ends in arrest

A man is due to appear in Tauranga District Court on Monday after leading police on a chase through Mount Maunganui. Police received a driving complaint from a member of the public just before 6pm on Totara Street. “Police located the driver, who was... Read More

Bay woman raped, beaten and terrorised

An Eastern Bay of Plenty self-styled Mongrel Mob president who terrorised and intimidated a woman over 16 years, has been jailed for 18-and-a-half years. Justice Sarah Katz stepped back from the preventive detention sentence the crown asked for in the... Read More

Murder accused says he acted alone

The man accused of murdering Lance John Murphy told a court he stripped to his underpants to wash in a creek and perform a Maori warrior ritual, before acting alone in bashing him to death on a hilltop. Michael Joseph Davies, 52, is standing trial accused... Read More

Accused saw victim as demonic dragon

A man accused of bashing Lance John Murphy to death with a tree branch has told the court he believed the victim was a hit man who had murdered his own wife and was possessed by a demonic 10-headed dragon. Michael Joseph Davies, 52, is standing trial... Read More

Police Taser man in Te Teko

A man was pepper sprayed then Tasered by police following an incident in Te Teko in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. A spokesperson says police were undertaking a routine traffic stop on Te Teko Road at 9.20am when the occupants of the vehicle refused to... Read More



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Early morning view from the Mount. By Lynn Johnson. Send us your photos and stories from around the Bay of Plenty. Email: photos@thesun.co.nz