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News in brief January 16, 2023

Car rolls
into river

Four people in a car that rolled several metres down a bank into a river are “very lucky” to have escaped serious injury. Emergency services, including a helicopter from Palmerston North, responded to reports of a car in Awhea River, Tora, shortly after 6pm on Saturday. Fire and Emergency confirmed nobody was trapped in the vehicle, and none of the occupants appeared to have suffered injuries in the incident. The small car reportedly left Tora Rd, shortly after it transitioned to gravel, and fell 5-10 metres down the bank. The car rolled once before landing upright in Awhea River. A firefighter said the occupants were very lucky after the recent heavy rain. “Two days prior, and they would have been well-under water. You could see where the water had been, and it was quite a lot higher.” The helicopter transported the car’s occupants over the river to the road.


Police have made an arrest in relation to a grievous assault in Masterton. Police responded to reports of an assault shortly before 10pm on Saturday. A police spokesperson confirmed the matter was family-harm related, and the victim was taken to the hospital for an assessment. Police said yesterday that no charges had been laid in relation to the incident.

at war

Discord between neighbours has led to a trespass notice in Featherston. Police responded to reports of an altercation on Brandon St at 10am yesterday. Police said it was a heated but verbal altercation only between neighbours. A trespass notice was subsequently served on one of the people involved.

Queen St

Police have taken a youth into custody in relation to a theft from a Queen St store. Police responded to a report of theft on Masterton’s main street at 3.40pm on Saturday. One youth was arrested. Later that evening, police responded to another theft report on Queen St. Police were called to a supermarket shortly after 8pm. The offenders were unable to be located.

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