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Police updates – Fatal crash in Waikato, Hastings burglaries

Crime news 22 July 2023

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 22 July 2023.

Man charged following burglaries, Hastings

A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged after two recent burglaries in the Hastings area.

The first burglary occurred at a premises on Te Mata Road, Havelock North on 15 July.

Police were called after the premises was broken into and items were stolen.

Police attended and made initial enquiries.

The second burglary occurred at a commercial premises on Heretaunga Street, Hastings yesterday (20 July).

Police were called to the premises at around 5.55am following an alarm activation.

A man was located inside the building taking items and attempted to flee the scene.

He was subsequently arrested and his vehicle was seized.

Police then executed a search warrant and recovered various stolen items which have since been returned to their owners.

As a result of the search warrant, Police were also able to link the man with the Te Mata Road burglary.

He was charged in relation to both incidents and was due to appear in Hastings District Court yesterday (21 July).

Police are continuing to investigate whether he is linked to other burglaries in the area.

‘We hope this arrest brings reassurance to the community that we work hard to hold offenders to account,’ said police in a statement.

Fatal crash, Waikato

One person has died in a crash in Waikato overnight.

Emergency services were called to a two-vehicle crash on State Highway 26 at Newstead, east of Hamilton, about 11:20pm last night.

The occupant of one of the vehicles died at the scene, while the occupant of the other vehicle had moderate to serious injuries and was transported to hospital.

The road remains closed, and the Serious Crash Unit has been notified.

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