Police investigating slaying of Upper Hutt woman Lois Tolley have list of 12 suspects

Saturday marks one year since Upper Hutt woman Lois Tolley was brutally killed in her home.

She was shot at point blank range and stabbed on December 9 in what police say was an "execution".

Lois Tolley was shot and stabbed in her home, and police are confident their investigation is making progress. Source: 1 NEWS

Yet, despite 12 months passing with no arrests, Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Barnett says he remains "absolutely confident" police will find her killers.

His team has worked through more than 130 people of interest, narrowing them to a list of 12 men and women involved in either planning or killing Ms Tolley or assisting her killers after the attack.

Cathrine MacDonald, the mother of Lois Tolley, appealed for help today in the search for her daughter's killers. Source: 1 NEWS

This has allowed police to piece together a "full picture" of what had happened but more evidence was still needed to lay charges, Det Sen Sgt Barnett said.

"Over the course of the investigation we have spoken to at least 15 people," but up until this point, this group had refused to co-operate with the investigation, he said.

"We are seeing this attitude slowly changing with a number of people starting to come forward with valuable information.

"However, we still need more of the people, who have spoken with the offenders, to contact us."

It comes after Lois Tolley's mother, Cathrine, and more than 50 friends gathered in an Upper Hutt park on October 10 this year to remember her.

The 30-year-old was shot dead at point blank range in her home, no arrests have been made. Source: 1 NEWS



Search continues for missing Canterbury woman Emma Beattie, who hasn't been seen for a week

It has now been a week since 20-year-old Emma Beattie went missing in Canterbury.

Ms Beattie was last seen on Friday night at her home in Fernside around 11pm just outside the town of Rangiora, 30km north of Christchurch.

She has not been in contact with friends or family since.

Police are continuing their search efforts this morning and remain focused on the Ashley River area and properties of interest. 

Yesterday, specialised dog squads were brought in to help search for the missing woman.

Police say they are very concerned for her wellbeing.  

Emma has long blonde hair, is about 5'7" and is believed to be wearing orange and black Nike shoes.

She may also be carrying a small brown backpack with cream-coloured rope straps and may have had some Beats headphones with her.

Emma Beattie, 20, was last seen on Friday night with the search now narrowed to the Ashley River area. Source: 1 NEWS

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Waikato police dump ticket measuring system and tell officers to 'use their initiative' in shake up

Waikato police are shaking up the way tickets are issued by asking police to "use your initative" as there are better options "than just ticking the box".

The police have changed the way in which officers are judged and questioned on how much work they do, including how many tickets they issue in one shift. 

It comes after a top inspector revealed that a quarter of all traffic fines don't improve safety on roads.

Police Association president Chris Cahill told TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme this morning there isn't a ticket "quota system" and there is no expectation of how many tickets an officer should issue.

"If you are not issuing any tickets then you clearly might not be doing any work so it's been a measure but its not a quota per say," Mr Cahill said.

"You could have an accident that you're at for most of the day but if you were there and stopped 30 vehicles all day and hadn't issued any tickets, someone will probably be saying, well what have you been doing? So it's pretty open and certainly no one is telling you have to have 10 tickets a day."

Rather than being quick to tick a box and issue a ticket, police are now being encouraged to "look a bit deeper".

"Cops want to make a change, we want to get out there and do different things and see if we can have a different outcome," Mr Cahill explained. 

"So what they're saying is lets look at things a bit wider and this is something that we are looking at right across the police...You stop a young guy, 18, he hasn't got his driving licence you could simply give him a $200 fine. He'll never pay it, he'll end up in the court system or you could say 'why haven't you got a drivers licence' and he might say he's got difficulty reading. Put him onto an agency that can help him get that drivers licence. He might end up with a drivers licence and get a job."

Police Association President Chris Cahill says there are better options than just ticking a box on a ticket. Source: Breakfast


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