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News in briefs, January 30, 2024

Serious assault

Police are investigating a serious assault on Colombo Rd at about 9am in Masterton yesterday. The victim sustained a head injury and was taken to hospital for medical assessment and treatment. A female suspect is wanted in connection to the assault and police are following lines of enquiry to locate her.

Park vandals

Henley Lake and Queen Elizabeth Park have become a playground for vandals, with Masterton District Council reporting evidence of attempted fires, a spate of graffiti, damage, and thefts of toilet consumables. In the agenda for the upcoming Infrastructure and Services Committee meeting, community facilities and activities manager Corin Haines said park facilities have fallen victim to sporadic “destructive behaviour”. At Queen Elizabeth Park, evidence of fire within the grandstand and on the park island have been found, with a burnt portion of seating “fortunately” not taking hold, and carex grass set alight on the island. He said CCTV upgrades and seating repairs in keeping with the heritage status of the grandstand are being arranged. Meanwhile, at Henley Lake, signs and dog bins have been run over and broken. Haines said vehicle access appeared to have come across from the eastern side of the Ruamahanga River. Evidence of attempts to start a vegetation fire at Henley Lake have also been discovered. At both Henley Lake and Queen Elizabeth Park, theft of consumables from the toilets is also happening. The council committee meets on Wednesday. -NZLDR

growth slows

Growth of mould in Masterton District Council’s library basement has slowed down, latest testing shows. A report to the council’s Infrastructure and Services meeting said followup testing was done in October and the results were “generally positive in that the work performed — removing carpet, porous materials and visible mould – has slowed down new mould growth”. The air samples did not detect Stachybotrys and detected low levels of Chaetomium. “We will continue to monitor leaks after heavy rainfalls and control humidity and temperature with the air-conditioning units,” community facilities and activities manager Corin Haines said. “Until the basement leak can be fixed, no items will be added to the stack collection.” The basement was closed to staff last year. -NZLDR

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