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Police updates – Good Friday

Police have issued a number of updates today, Good Friday 15 April 2022.

Appeal for information following Christchurch crash

Police are seeking information from the public following a crash between a car and a cyclist at the intersection of Peer Street and Yaldhurst Road, Sockburn, shortly after midnight on 10 April.

The driver of the car failed to stop to check on the cyclist.

The cyclist sustained serious injuries.

Police would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the crash, or who has any more information about the dark blue sedan that left the scene.

Anyone with information that may assist is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote event number P050195719.

Police search in Tauhara Forest, Taupō following firearms incident

Police are searching for a man after a firearm was discharged at Police officers conducting a routine vehicle stop in Taupō earlier today.

No one was injured in the early morning incident, but Police have called on Armed Offenders Squad and Eagle helicopter support as the search for the man continues. Police have located a firearm that may be connected to the incident.

The area has been cordoned and while it’s not thought that there is immediate danger to members of the public, Police advise people to avoid the area while the incident is resolved.

The incident occurred at 2.15am as Police were conducting a routine vehicle stop on Pueto Valley Road in Tauhara Forest, Taupō . The driver discharged a firearm towards Police and fled on foot.

Motorists on State Highway 5 near Mount Tauhara are asked to phone 111 if they have seen anyone hitchhiking in this area. Anyone who has any information that could assist Police to locate the offender is asked to call 111.

Drugs, cash and ammunition seized and arrest made following search warrant

A 26-year-old Te Teko man is facing numerous charges following the execution of a search warrant at a Te Teko house yesterday.

Police located more than 3,000 bags of synthetic drugs, packaged and ready for sale, along with a further 115 grams of bulk synthetic drugs.

The street value of the synthetic drugs is estimated to be approximately $65,000.

Police also found more than $30,000 in cash, around 700 grams of cannabis, a range of different calibres of ammunition, and a stolen 2020 Toyota Hilux valued at $52,000.

The man is scheduled to appear in Whakatāne District Court on 16 April, charged with possession of cannabis for supply, unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, and possession of ammunition.

Further charges are likely, pending the results of ESR analysis of the synthetic drugs seized.

Water-related fatality, Cape Palliser

Police can confirm that a 63-year-old man has died in a water-related incident in the sea off Cape Palliser Road, Wairarapa.

At 10.30am Police received a report of a person in difficulty after a small boat over-turned with two people onboard.

Emergency services attended and attempts were made to resuscitate the man, but sadly he has died at the scene. The other person who was in the boat is safe and well.

Police extends its condolences to the man’s family and friends.

Police are making enquiries on behalf of the Coroner who will release their finding in due course.

Firearms incident, Blockhouse Bay

Police are investigating following a firearms incident in Exminster Street, Blockhouse Bay this afternoon.

About 1:15pm Police were called to the address after neighbours reported hearing loud bangs.

Shortly afterward, a man presented himself to an Avondale medical centre with injuries to his leg.

He has since been transported to hospital.

Cordons are in place at the Blockhouse Bay address.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and no arrests have been made at this stage.

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