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News in brief January 12, 2023

Tractor taken
for a joyride

A young man joyriding in a John Deere tractor left a trail of “breadcrumbs” for authorities. Police received a report of a motor vehicle recovery on Oak St, Masterton, shortly after 8pm on Tuesday. Wairarapa Machinery manager Tony Candy said a $213,000 tractor was “randomly stolen” from the yard on State Highway 2 at 6.30pm. “It was taken for a joyride, but it was GPS tracked so we could see exactly where he’s driven. It simply records where the person has been.” Footage posted on social media showed the alleged thief driving the tractor down Ngamutawa Rd. It reportedly ran out of diesel four kilometres later near Oak St. Candy said the tractor did not suffer any damage, and a young man had turned himself in to police. “It was easily recoverable. He left a breadcrumb trail behind him.”

One injured
in car crash

One person is in hospital after a vehicle flipped into a ditch in Masterton. Emergency services responded to the single-vehicle crash at 9.50am yesterday. Police said one person was injured after a vehicle rolled into a ditch on Te Ore Ore Bideford Rd between Caves and Whangaehu Valley roads. Wellington Free Ambulance confirmed one patient suffering moderate injuries was transported to Wairarapa Hospital.

Power cuts

Wairarapa had at least five unplanned power outages yesterday, most likely the result of wet weather. Otahome was cut off at 6.32am which affected 14 properties, Flat Point shut off at 10.06am, affecting 89 properties. In the afternoon Kahutara was cut off at 2.03pm with 64 properties affected, Mangapakeha was cut off at 3.38pm, 57 properties affected, and Whareama at 3.47pm with 82 affected.

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