Car crashes into concrete blocks outside home just weeks after the barricade put in place

A car has crashed into large concrete blocks outside a Lower Hutt house just three weeks after they were put there to protect a family home.

While the barricade is against Hutt City Council bylaws, they proved helpful in shielding the Ansell's house.

The Ansell's have placed huge concrete blocks outside their home, after a spate of car crashes on their street. Source: 1 NEWS

On Boxing Day, father-of-four Blair Ansell used a crane to put the two tonne blocks in place after two speeding cars smashed through the fence line.

He's contacted the council again, to find a solution which may include speed bumps.

'We're scared' - Family of missing Hamilton man distraught but refusing to give up hope

The family of a missing Hamilton man who suffers from dementia are distraught but refusing to give up hope.

Police say Raymond Stirling, 84, was last seen in the Halcione Close area around 7pm on Monday night and was reported missing on Tuesday afternoon.

Now, his grandchildren are doing their bit to try and ensure he returns home safely, putting up billboards with his picture on around Hamilton suburbs.

"If anybody's seen him, or anybody has given him a ride anywhere, just please, please, come through and let us know.

"We had two days of good searching and now it's cold, and wet and we're scared," his daughter said.

The LandSAR search team has been increased to 30 police and volunteers, and every property within 1km of his last known location is being searched.

Family members are also searching areas he has previously been to in Huntly and Ngaruawahia.

Mr Stirling is known to wave down passing motorists for a ride, and police are asking anyone who may have given him a ride or been waved at by him to contact them immediately.

Mr Stirling's attire has not been confirmed, but it is possible he was wearing blue track pants and white/red sneakers.

Anyone who may have seen Mr Stirling should call 111 immediately.

Raymond Stirling's family are desperate to find him. Source: 1 NEWS


Three seriously injured in crash near Taupo

One person is in a critical condition and two others seriously injured following a collision involving a truck and a car at Wairakei, near Taupo.

Police were alerted shortly before 5pm to the crash on Wairakei Drive at Wairakei.

St John Ambulance says four vehicles attended and a helicopter was dispatched to the scene.

Police say there are local diversions in place along Huka Falls Rd and the Serious Crash Unit has been advised.

Yellow ambulance Source: 1 NEWS