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Police updates – Tauranga and Takanini fatal crashes, Feilding burglary

Police updates 4 December 2022 news

Police updates on crimes and investigations for 4 December 2022.

One person has died following a serious crash in Tauranga yesterday morning

The two-vehicle crash on State Highway 29A was reported to Police shortly after 6:35am on Saturday.

One person died at the scene and a second person has been transported to hospital in a moderate condition.

Enquiries into the crash are ongoing.

Man arrested following burglary in Feilding

A man in his 30s is due to reappear in court in January in relation to a commercial burglary in Feilding this week.

Police were notified early on the morning of 30 November of a burglary at Turners Sports on Manchester Street, where someone had entered by smashing the front window and had taken clothing items.

Local Police executed a warrant at a Feilding address on Friday for a man who had a warrant to arrest for breaching his conditions.

At that address, Police also recovered a stolen vehicle wanted in relation to the Turners Sports burglary, as well as items of interest to that investigation.

The investigation into this and other recent burglaries in the town continues.

Police would like to acknowledge the Feilding retailers who are engaging with and working closely with Police over this time.

‘We would also welcome anyone with information about recent criminal offending – this can be given to Police via 105, or anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.’

The 38-year-old man arrested is remanded in custody to appear in Palmerston North District Court on two charges of receiving stolen property, and a range of other driving and theft charges.

Fatal crash, Takanini

Police are making inquiries into a fatal crash in Takanini involving a motorcyclist that had earlier fled Police.

Around 11:50pm last night, Saturday 3 December, the motorcyclist was signalled by Police to stop on Takanini School Road due to excessive speed.

The rider did not stop for Police and turned onto Spartan Road.

An initial pursuit was abandoned, and the fleeing rider turned onto Great South Road.

At the intersection with the northbound motorway ramps at Takanini, the rider went through a red light and collided with a ute.

The rider died at the scene. The three occupants of the ute had moderate to serious injuries and were taken to Middlemore Hospital.

“These events are always devastating,” says Acting Counties Manukau District Commander Inspector Matt Srhoj.

“It’s just not worth failing to stop for Police, no matter what you think the consequences may be.

“You are risking your life and that of others.”

The Serious Crash Unit attended the scene, and the matter will be referred to the Independent Police Conduct Authority.

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