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Police updates – Missing Hamilton woman found, stolen cars in Wgtn, Dannevirke fatal crash

Police updates on investigations and cases for 3 May 2022.

Missing woman in Hamilton found

The 67-year-old woman initially reported missing in the Hamilton area has been found.

She is safe and well and being assessed by paramedics. Police would like to thank the public for their assistance.

Wellingtonians urged to keep their vehicles safe

Police are urging the public to take precautions to keep their vehicles safe after a spike in stolen vehicles across the Wellington region since February.

“The most commonly targeted vehicles continue to be the Mazda Demio, the Nissan Tiida and the Mazda Atenza, with many of these vehicles taken so the offenders can go on a joy ride,“ says Inspector Wade Jennings, Wellington District Prevention Manager.

While Police are committed to actively investigating vehicle theft and holding offenders to account, people must take precautions to prevent their vehicle from being targeted initially.

“The majority of stolen vehicles are recovered however the unlawful taking of a vehicle is not only disruptive but upsetting for many people,” says Inspector Jennings.

  • Ensure your vehicle is locked, and all valuable items removed or concealed from view when you are not with it.
  • If possible, park your vehicle in a garage, but if it must be parked on the road, try to park in a well-lit, busy area.
  • There are anti-theft devices available for both your vehicle and trailers that will help prevent theft.

“By making your vehicle more challenging to steal, opportunistic thieves will be more likely to leave it alone.”

If you notice suspicious or concerning activity around vehicles, please contact Police on 111 if it is happening and 105 after the fact.

Fatal crash, Weber Road, Dannevirke

Police can confirm that a person involved in a serious crash on Weber Road, Dannevirke has died.

Emergency services were called to the crash involving a vehicle and a bicycle at 4.45pm. Sadly, the cyclist died at the scene.

Serious Crash Unit have completed their examination of the crash scene and the road has now re-opened.

The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation.

Further Update: Police have released the name of the deceased. He was 57-year-old Geoffrey Buchanan of Dannevirke.

6-year-old located, Christchurch

The 6-year-old boy who was reported missing in Bexley has been located safe and well.

Police wish to thank people who reported sightings of the boy.

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