Two men charged over spate of over 100 attacks on vehicles in Whangārei

Police dealing with over 100 complaints of damage to vehicles and tyres in the Whangārei area have arrested and charged two men.

In June Whangārei Police received over 84 reports from members of the public of significant damage to their vehicles. 

Police are still dealing with over 100 complaints of vehicles that had numerous tyres slashed or were set alight, leaving the owners stranded and highly inconvenienced, Acting District Commander Inspector Justin Rogers said today.

Two men aged 26 and 28 have been arrested and charged with offences relating to the attacks on vehicles and further charges are imminent, Mr Rogers said. 

They have been remanded in custody and are next due to appear in the Whangārei District Court on August 20.

Source: 1 NEWS

Elderly woman assaulted and robbed by man at her Havelock North home

An older woman is recovering with minor injuries after being attacked and robbed at her Havelock North home yesterday.

Police say the elderly woman, whose age or name have not been released, was grabbed from behind at her front door by a male around 4pm yesterday.

She was pushed over and had an item of personal property taken from her. 

"The offender has specifically targeted this victim and yet again we see the brazen actions of criminals targeting a senior member of our community," says Detective Sergeant Darren Pritchard of Hawke’s Bay police.

Police say this robbery is not believed to be related to the kidnapping and robbery of the elderly man at the Hastings Countdown supermarket last month.

Although one arrest has been made in connection to that attack, police are still actively seeking others believed to be have been involved


Person treated for smoke inhalation after lift fire at Auckland primary school

A person has been treated for smoke inhalation after being caught in a lift fire at an Auckland primary school today.

The person was inside a lift at Glendowie Primary School when the incident happened.

A Fire and Emergency NZ spokesperson has told 1 NEWS that the fire in the lift was out upon arrival and one person has been treated by St John for smoke inhalation.

It is unclear if the person was a student or an adult at this stage.

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Lift shaft (File picture). Source: