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News in brief, March 23, 2023

Report of wilful damage

Police received a report of wilful damage at a residential address on Chapel St at 8am yesterday. However, officers arrived to discover “the parties involved appeared to be known to each other”. One person was taken into custody as a result of the complaint. Police report that their inquiries into the event “are ongoing”.

Car thefts spark public warnings

A Masterton resident whose car was stolen only to be discovered in Palmerston North, is urging others to stay vigilant. Police confirmed officers were following up on a vehicle stolen from Chapel St on Tuesday night, and found early yesterday morning in Palmerston North. According to another social media post, a second car was stolen in Masterton on the same night. The poster said a nurse’s car was taken from the hospital car park between 8pm and 11.30pm and was seeking information about a 2004 blue Toyota Vitz. Police did not confirm whether the car had been taken from the hospital but said inquiries into a vehicle stolen from Te Ore Ore Rd on Tuesday night were ongoing. Police said vehicle owners were encouraged to take precautions to prevent their vehicles from being targeted initially, including; ensuring the vehicle was locked, and valuables removed or concealed from view, and using anti-theft devices for vehicles and trailers. “By making your vehicle more challenging to steal, opportunistic thieves will be more likely to leave it alone. If you notice suspicious or concerning activity around vehicles, please contact police on 111 if it is happening, or 105 after the fact.”

Warning of heavy rain

Metservice is warning of a period of heavy rain in the Tararua Range, starting Saturday and continuing into Sunday. Meanwhile, there is low confidence of severe northwest gales on Saturday about the Canterbury High Country and Wellington, including the Remutaka Hill Rd. A front is also expected to move northeast over the South Island on Saturday, then weaken and stall over the central North Island on Sunday, possibly causing some severe weather for Wairarapa.

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