Police under-reporting more than 95 per cent of gun crimes - investigation

New figures show police have been under-reporting the number of gun crimes in New Zealand.

They have identified flaws in their system suggesting less than five per cent of gun-related offences are being recorded in the police national database.

In their monthly magazine, police strategy group manager Catherine Petrey says, "Other than anecdotal reports from our frontline police, we don't know the level of risk to the public, let alone our frontline workers."

An internal investigation led by Ms Petrey exposed major failings in police reporting over a three-month period.

While there were 86 reports of crimes involving firearms, just five were recorded correctly.

In that time, police seized 29 firearms, but only recorded four cases properly. And in 22 cases, despite evidence of firearms being used in the crime, none were seized or officially recorded.

The Police Association said the issue of firearms in the hands of criminals as a "much greater risk than New Zealand realises".

"A number of the gun lobby think we've been crying wolf over the seriousness of the firearms issue in New Zealand and now we're vindicated... Showing that actually, it is a major problem," president Chris Cahill said.

Police Minister Stuart Nash says he was surprised by the findings.

"Making decisions, you've got to have complete data, and the less data you have, the less robust your decisions are going to be," Mr Nash said.

The police said they are working on a video and "communications to staff" to better educate them about how to record firearms in the system.

The evidence suggests police are correctly recording fewer than five per cent of crimes involving firearms in their national database. Source: 1 NEWS



Hilary Barry catches up with record-breaking Kiwi cricket star Amelia Kerr

Disbelief, humbled, tired - just a few of the emotions Amelia Kerr says she felt after her record-breaking performance against Ireland this morning.

Kerr scored 232 runs against Ireland in Dublin in this morning's ODI while also collecting five wickets but she said she's still trying to process everything that happened.

"It hasn't sunk in yet," she said.

"I'm just so lucky with all the support I have back home."

White Ferns coach Haidee Tiffen said she knew the 17-year-old had a performance like this in her, but she never expected it so soon.

"Amelia burst onto the scene as youngster in the domestic competition and caught everyone's eye, to be honest.

"We're not surprised she's produced a performance like this - probably not as young, I didn't think it would happen as young to be honest - but we're really proud."

Kerr's performance led to two new records - the highest women's ODI total in history and the youngest cricketer to score a double-century.

The all-rounder backed up her hitting with a stellar bowling performance, taking 5-17 off seven overs of work.

Kerr admitted she was surprised she was even handed the ball.

"I had a nap in between innings," she said.

"I didn't think [captain Suzie Bates] was going to bowl me - I thought she was just going to have me stand at slip all day."

Kerr and the team are now headed for England where they will play against South Africa and England.

Kerr is just 17, but against Ireland overnight, scored 232 not out AND took five wickets. Source: Seven Sharp

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Detectives investigating two-vehicle crash on Lyttelton tunnel road that's left woman dead, three people injured

One person died and three others were injured in a two-vehicle crash on the road to the Lyttelton Tunnel in Christchurch this evening.

Police earlier reported only one vehicle was involved and they now say detectives are investigating the crash.

Three men and a woman were in the first vehicle when it collided with a bridge on Tunnel Road about 5.30pm, says Canterbury Metro Commander Superintendent Lane Todd.

The woman died at the scene and the men sustained minor to moderate injuries.

The second vehicle collided with the first before also hitting the bridge.  

Its driver, the sole occupant, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Tunnel Road will remain blocked for a number of hours, Mr Todd said in a statement released shortly before 7pm.

The Serious Crash Unit and CIB are investigating, he said. Police are advising motorists to avoid the area if possible as Tunnel Road is not accessible via Port Hills Road or Ferry Road.

Police will release further detail tomorrow, Mr Todd said.

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Police car (File picture). Source: 1 NEWS