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News in brief, Monday November 6, 2023

Water warning

Carterton District Council [CDC] is alerting residents to work starting this month on new water mains for High Street North, between Plimsoll and Rhodes Streets. Depending on the weather, the work is expected to take about 16 weeks, during which time traffic flows will be affected, and parking and access to properties may be limited. The worksite will be marked by cones and barriers, and road and pavement surfaces may be uneven. Anyone walking in this area is advised to take extra care to avoid potential trip hazards, particularly when it’s dark. Trenches excavated will be backfilled, plated, or caged at the end of each working day to ensure pedestrian safety. Anyone with questions can contact CDC via 06 379 4030 or [email protected].

Traffic reports

Police attended a two-vehicle crash on Chapel Street in Masterton shortly after 6:40pm on Saturday. There were no injuries or road blockages reported. Approximately two hours later, Masterton police received reports of motorcyclists riding on the Lansdowne walkway but on arrival there was no sign of the bikes or their riders. And on Sunday morning at 9.45am, there was a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of Hillcrest St and Ngaumutawa Rd, in which it appeared the driver took the Hillcrest St corner too fast, lost control, and ended up ploughing through a paddock fence on the other side of Ngaumutawa Rd, with the car coming to rest on its roof in a ditch. Remarkably there were no reported injuries.

Car fire

Following reports of a car fire at Howard Booth Park in Carterton at around 4am on Sunday night, police and Fenz attended the scene, and the blaze was extinguished. Investigations into the potential arson are ongoing.

Courtesy car

Police turned taxi drivers at 2am on Sunday night after receiving a report of an individual walking down the middle of a street in Lansdowne, Masterton. They checked the person’s wellbeing and dropped them home.

Library ruckus

Masterton police responded to reports of a man getting “heated” outside Masterton Library on Queen St at 4.30pm on Saturday, following an event at the facility, but when police arrived the man had already left.

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