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News in brief, May 31, 2023

High St arrest

A 30-year-old man is in custody after an Armed Offenders Squad [AOS] raid on a Masterton home. The man was taken into custody yesterday morning and charged with possession of methamphetamine utensils during a pre-planned police search. The warrant was executed at the High St property at 6am. He is due to appear in Masterton District Court tomorrow. Police confirmed officers were armed as a precautionary measure, and the search involved the police dog unit, and the Criminal Investigation Branch in addition to the AOS. Police said enquiries were ongoing.

Incidents on Queen Street

Police were kept busy on Queen St yesterday, with officers called to two separate incidents. Police received a report of someone trespassing at 8am, which led to one person being taken into custody. Officers returned to the CBD after receiving a report at 9.45am of a person shoplifting at a commercial premises but no one was arrested. Police said inquiries into both incidents are ongoing.

Climate fund

Masterton District Council’s new Community Climate Fund is open for applications. The council said groups should apply if they are undertaking projects that meet criteria based on the goals of its Climate Action Plan [CAP], which “sets out the council’s roadmap to reduce emissions and their impacts as a district and be ready for what will follow”. Applications for funding will be assessed by the Climate Advisory Group and close on June 12. Applications ranging from $2000 to $20,000 will be accepted, with the maximum total fund available $50,000. Council staff will host two drop-in sessions to help with applications at the Masterton District Library, tomorrow, June 1, from 5.30-6.30pm, and on Tuesday, June 6, from 10-11am.

Corrections

A story in Tuesday’s Wairarapa Times-Age stated that a South Wairarapa District Council meeting would be held today to hear submissions on a Greytown bore proposal. The meeting will be held tomorrow at 12.30pm in Martinborough’s Waihinga Centre. A brief in Tuesday’s Wairarapa Times-Age said Masterton Powerco customers lost power supply during a surge. In fact, no customers lost power.

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