Horror Thames crash: stolen car involved

The survivor of a crash near Thames which killed three others was a passenger in a stolen car driven by his 20-year-old son, police say. Emergency services were called to the two-car crash near Thames. Police say the crash, at Kopu Bridge on State Highway... Read More

Waka stolen in Bay of Plenty

Police are seeking any information in relation to the theft of two waka. The waka were taken from Ngati Manawa Road, Murupara. “The theft occurred between 10am on April 15 and 4.30pm on April 18,” says a post on the Bay of Plenty Police and... Read More

Differing opinions on roadside drug test

The government has told police to catch more drunk drivers and stop pushing to saliva test drivers for drugs. Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show the Transport Ministry and police want 45,000 motorists a year to be randomly tested... Read More

Woman jumps from vehicle in Te Puke

Police are on the hunt for a vehicle a woman jumped from in Te Puke. On Thursday April 12 at around 2pm, a woman jumped out of a red Mazda MPV with the registration GWJ482 on Jellicoe Street Te Puke. Police say this happened by the roundabout at the... Read More

Youth offending rates fall

Youth offending rates are steadily falling, according to new information obtained in the first Youth Justice Indicators Summary Report. The report shows the rate of offending for children aged 10-13 years has fallen by 59 per cent, and offending by young... Read More

Fake gun triggers armed police stop

A man carrying an imitation firearm prompted an armed police stop in Tauranga. A 36-year-old man has been arrested following last night's police operation. A police media spokesperson says the arrest follows an armed police stop which happened... Read More

Armed police stop in Tauranga

Witnesses who watched an armed police stop unfold on Cambridge Road describe the event as "crazy". One of the witnesses says two police cars stopped a red car on Cambridge Road after following the vehicle for a while. "Police had closed down Cambridge... Read More

Gunman hands himself in at Tauranga

A man who fled armed police after firing a gun at a neighbour in the Hauraki Plains has handed himself in.  The 38-year-old Waikato man handed himself in at the Tauranga Police Station in the weekend, says Waikato Police Senior Sergeant Phil Ruddell.  He... Read More

Illegal street racers targeted in WBOP

A number of vehicles have been busted doing speeds of up to 150km/h on the Tauranga Eastern Link. A 17-year-old has also been charged following an operation targeting illegal street racing and anti-social driving behaviour in the Western Bay of Plenty. The... Read More

Woman flees from hammer attack

A woman hit over the head with a hammer fled into a Te Puke florist for protection from her attacker yesterday afternoon. “We were a bit startled at first,” says florist Murray Howell. “We could see she had this great big lump on her... Read More

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