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Police updates – Ohinemutu unexplained death, Waikouaiti robbery, Halcombe fatal crash

Police crime news 8 May 2023

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 8 May 2023.

Update – unexplained death, Ohinemutu

Police continue to investigate an unexplained death on Lake Road, Ohinemutu in the weekend.

A person was located deceased in the Lake Road area near Rotorua Hospital shortly after 1am on Sunday 7 May.

Police can confirm that the person was a 21-year-old male. A post mortem examination will take place today to determine the cause of death.

Police would still like to speak to anyone with information that could assist with enquiries, and in particular any sightings of the young man between 7.30pm Saturday 6 May and 1am Sunday 7 May.

Anyone who has information that could assist is encouraged to contact us via our 105 phone service, referencing file number File 230507/9750

Reports can also be made online using Update Report.

Name Release– Halcombe Road Fatal Crash, Fielding

Police can now confirm the name of the person who died following a two vehicle crash on Halcombe Road, Thursday 4 May.

She was transported to hospital where she passed away early hours Friday 5 May.

She was Te Aturangi Tui Teu-Whittaker, 8, of Marton.

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing.

Arrests Made – Waikouaiti Robbery

Three youths have been taken into custody following a robbery at a retail premises this morning (8 May).

Police responded to reports of a robbery at a retail premises on Waikouaiti-Waitati Road, near Harvey Street, Dunedin around 10:20 am.

Cigarettes and a cash till were stolen; however the fog cannon was activated and the offenders fled before being able to steal anything further.

Three offenders fled the scene in a vehicle – it had been stolen yesterday, Sunday 7 May, from an address in Gore.

Police conducted enquiries today at multiple retail stores gaining CCTV footage of offenders and conducted area enquiries for the vehicle.

Police located the vehicle around 2pm on Coast Road and maintained observation from a distance, Police attempted to spike the vehicle, however, the offenders attempted to drive into one of officers at the scene with their vehicle.

The officer was not hit.

The offenders fled on foot and were located on Palmerston- Waikouaiti Road.

The stolen items were recovered including the stolen vehicle.

The youths are expected to appear in Youth Court in due course.

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