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Police updates – fatal crashes Beachlands, Pukekawa, Auckland robberies

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 2 July 2023.

Fatal crash, Beachlands

Police can confirm one person has died following a single-vehicle crash near the intersection of Beachlands Road and Whitford Maraetai Road, Beachlands this evening.

Police were called at around 4.40pm after a motorcyclist crashed into a powerpole.

Sadly, the motorcyclist died at the scene.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are underway.

Fatal crash, Pukekawa

Police can confirm one person has died following a single-vehicle crash on Pukekawa Churchill Road, Pukekawa yesterday afternoon.

Police were called at around 2.25pm after a motorcyclist crashed.

Sadly, the motorcyclist died at the scene.

The Serious Crash Unit has been advised.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are underway.

Youths arrested following robberies in Auckland

Four youths have been taken into custody following two aggravated robberies in Auckland yesterday morning.

The first occurred at a commercial premises on Mahia Road in Manurewa about 9:20am.

The four people entered the shop armed with weapons, however left with nothing when a fog cannon and panic alarm were triggered.

Police attended the area and made initial inquiries.

Then around 10:10am, three people entered a commercial premises on Henderson Valley Road in Henderson, armed with a tyre iron.

They jumped the counter while the shopkeepers were in a back room, stealing cigarettes.

A fog cannon was activated, and three people got into a car which fled the scene.

CCTV cameras picked up the vehicle travelling along Great North Road in Glen Eden, when the Eagle helicopter was able to gain sight of it.

Police units on the ground attempted to use road spikes to stop the vehicle but this was unsuccessful.

The vehicle fled at speed along the motorway, exiting at Puhinui Road.

It was eventually abandoned at Ngāti Ōtara Park, and Police dog units were used to track the four occupants who were taken into custody.

Charges are being considered.

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