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News in brief, August 17 2023

Get your license

A Masterton man charged with driving while suspended had his sentencing deferred, giving him time to get a restricted license. Delaney Brown, 44, appeared in Masterton District Court yesterday. He had been caught driving suspended for the third or subsequent time, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of two years imprisonment and a $6000 fine. Police prosecutor Sergeant Daniel Scott said Brown had been issued 51 tickets for driving unaccompanied on a learner license. Brown said he does not currently own a car and is in the process of trying to reapply for his licence but it has been delayed because he needs to get a new copy of his birth certificate.

Judge Barbara Morris stood the case down until October to allow Brown time to get his restricted licence.

house fire

Greytown fire emergency services [Fenz] responded to reports of a fire in the roof of a residential house in Greytown at 7am yesterday. When the crew responded to the scene, the call quickly escalated to a second alarm level. Masterton, Carterton, and Featherston brigades were called to the scene to assist but were stood down before arrival as the fire was quickly contained. A spokesperson for Fenz was able to confirm that there were no known injuries.

They said that the fire was quickly under control and did not spread to other buildings. The crew remained at the scene overseeing clean up and ensuring the fire was properly out, and the building was safe.

Bike bandits

Police were alerted to reports that people on dirt bikes were engaging in unauthorised street racing on Chapel St, near Kuripuni Shopping Village, at 11.45am yesterday. The report said the bikes were making a lot of noise, but police did not attend.

Road closure

Masterton District Council would like to warn motorists travelling through Kiriwhakapapa Rd tomorrow that the road will be closed from 8am-6pm, due to a culvert replacement. However, after 10.30am, cars will be allowed through on request.

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