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Police updates – serious crashes Okaihau, Mangere East, Alexandra, New Lynn gas station burglary

Police news 11 June 2024

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 11 June 2024.

Fatal Crash, SH8, Alexandra

Police can confirm one person has died following a crash on SH8/Alexandra-Fruitlands Road, Alexandra, this morning.

The single vehicle crash was reported to Police around 10.50am.

Four arrested after petrol station burglary

Four people Four people have been arrested by Auckland Police after allegedly breaking into a New Lynn petrol station and fleeing from Police.

Waitematā West Area Commander, Inspector Jason Edwards, says Police were called just before 4am on Sunday.

“We were notified that a group of alleged offenders had broken into a petrol station on Great North Road and stolen the cash register.

“This group then fled in a vehicle, heading towards Blockhouse Bay,” he says.

The Police Eagle helicopter soon deployed to the area, and located the vehicle in Avondale, tracking it along to the Southwestern Motorway (SH 20) towards Māngere.

“Eagle kept ground units apprised of the vehicle’s direction of travel and they were soon able to locate it and follow it as it travelled along the Southwestern into Manurewa.

“The driver failed to stop when signalled to do so by Police and fled, driving on to the wrong side of motorway into oncoming traffic.

“The vehicle eventually exited the motorway onto Roscommon Road, where road spikes were successfully deployed,” Inspector Jason Edwards says.

This brought the car to a safe stop in Browns Road just after 5am and four people were taken into custody.

An 18-year-old man is scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court tomorrow 12 June charged with burglary and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle and breach of bail.

A 23-year-old man is scheduled to appear in the Waitākere District Court on 28 August charged with burglary and unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle. This man also had an active warrant to arrest.

Two youths aged 13 and 14 have been referred to Youth Aid.

“Police from right across Tāmaki Makaurau will continue to respond to this offending as it is taking place, utilising a range of resource to ensure we can locate and hold offenders to account.”

Serious crash: Raglan Street, Māngere East

A dirt bike rider is in critical condition following a crash in Māngere East this afternoon.

The crash on Raglan Street, involving a van and dirt bike, was reported to emergency services just before 4pm.

The dirt bike rider has since been assessed as being in a critical condition and has been taken to Middlemore Hospital.

An investigation will commence into the circumstances of the crash, with the Serious Crash Unit to conduct a scene examination.

A section of Raglan Street, near Aorere Park, will be closed so these enquiries can be completed.

Traffic diversions will be in place in the area.

Police appreciate residents’ understanding and cooperation during this time while our work is carried out.

Fatal crash, Okaihau

Police can advise an unborn child has died following a serious crash on State Highway 1 in Okaihau on Monday evening.

Inspector Riki Whiu, Far North Area Commander, says Police were called to the crash involving two vehicles around 9.08pm.

“Tragically, one of the people taken to the hospital with critical injuries was pregnant and that baby has now died.

“The woman remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition and Police are providing support to her loved ones.”

Three other people, who were in the other vehicle involved, were transported to hospital with injuries ranging from critical to moderate.

“As previously advised, upon Police arrival to the scene, further enquiries suggest one of the vehicles involved was stolen in an earlier incident on Monday from Moerewa.

“Those in this vehicle were aged from 12 to 17.”

Inspector Whiu says Police did not have involvement with this vehicle prior to this crash.

“Emergency services responded to the crash as we would with any. It was not until our attending staff were making enquiries into the vehicles involved that it was determined to have been stolen.”

The Serious Crash Unit was in attendance and an investigation into the circumstances of the crash is ongoing.

“While there are aspects of this crash we are not able to comment on at this time, I can say this is a horrific incident that was come about through selfish and mindless behaviour that has denied one of our mokopuna life,” Inspector Whiu says.

“Those involved were unlicensed youths, one of which, the driver, was not yet a teenager.

“This incident is a direct impact of their actions and tragically a life has been lost.

“It is absolutely the worst outcome for us as a community, whānau and all other responding emergency services who attend these incidents.”

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