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Police updates – missing Chch teen, Waimakariri River deceased

Police updates for crimes and investigations for the morning of 8 June 2022.

Fatal crash, SH 56, Palmerston North

Police can confirm that a motorcyclist has died following a crash on Pioneer Highway yesterday afternoon.

The crash occurred just before 6pm.

Sadly, the rider passed away at the scene.

Police are appealing for anyone travelling in the area at the time to speak with Police so we can piece together what happened.

If you are able to assist Police, please contact 105 and quote event number P050838918.

UPDATE – Investigation into burglary incident

Police are in the process of contacting people impacted by the theft of Police property from the former Auckland Central Station.

A criminal investigation into the burglary remains ongoing, with four people charged to date with burglary and receiving stolen property offences.

Among the stolen property recovered were a number of documents which included firearms licensing information, containing people’s personal details.

Our investigation is continuing to work to understand the full breadth of documentation that was stolen.

Police are now contacting people whose documents have been obtained as a result of the burglary to advise them of the situation.

As part of this, Police are continuing to work with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner to ensure we are taking the appropriate steps moving forward.

There is nothing to indicate any involvement of organised criminal groups in this burglary at this stage. The ongoing criminal investigation is continuing to establish who may have come into contact with the stolen property.

Police would like to reassure the public that this matter is being taken extremely seriously and the protection of all peoples information is of the upmost importance which is why there is a significant ongoing investigation underway.

In general, we always advise firearms license holders to remain vigilant around the security measures they have in place for their firearms.

Keeping firearms holders safe is a key focus for Police and we continue to monitor any burglaries of firearms that occur. Any incidents of this nature are routinely followed up by Police.

Any firearms licence holders are encouraged to contact Police if they have any concerns.

Missing teen located

The 16-year-old girl reported missing from her Upper Riccarton home since Sunday has been located and is safe and well.

Name release – person found deceased near Waimakariri River

Police can now release the name of the person whose body was found by a member of the public near the Waimakariri River last week.

While formal identification is yet to be completed, Police believe it to be Joel Linwood, who went missing in July of last year at the age of 31.

Mr Linwood was reported missing following a crash on Old West Coast Road, Darfield, on 18 July 2021.

He was last seen fleeing the scene of the crash on foot, toward the Waimakariri River.

Police extends our condolences to his whānau and loved ones at this difficult time.

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