Victims of fiery Levin crash were two brothers and their friend

Two brothers and their friend were the victims of a fiery car crash in Levin in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

Jesse Hayne, Shand Cotgrove and Jacob Gray, originally from Porirua, died after the car they were travelling in crashed into a parked truck just after midnight.

The car and truck caught fire immediately. The truck was holding a full load of large paper rolls. 

The owner of the truck told 1 NEWS yesterday the truck was carrying a 24-tonne load and the car hit it with such force the truck shifted over a metre. 

Residents looked on in horror as both vehicles burst into flames. Source: 1 NEWS

Tributes have been flowing for the former Aotea College students on social media. 

Police say the Serious Crash Unit is still establishing the circumstances around the cause of the crash. 

Police say due to the nature of the crash and the fire, formal identification may take some time. 

Shand Cotgrove, left, and Jesse Hayne
Shand Cotgrove, left, and Jesse Hayne. Source: 1 NEWS

Former childcare worker who assaulted young children sentenced to home detention

A former childcare manager has been sentenced this afternoon on 10 charges of assaulting young children at the daycare where she was also head teacher.

Lynn Abraham, 59, stood with her head down as Judge June Jelas told her "while some of the children were difficult, other behaviour was well within the range of what is considered normal".

Ms Abraham was found guilty in May on six counts of smacking, three charges of force feeding and one count of washing out a child's mouth with soap.

The judge handed out a sentence of five months home detention.

The jury found Lynn Abraham had smacked and force-fed children and washed a child's mouth out with soap.
Source: 1 NEWS


Man attacked in middle of Auckland road critical as police hunt car's occupants

Auckland police are stepping up efforts to find whoever was responsible for an attack on a man in the central city at the weekend that has left him fighting for his life in hospital.

Police say the victim, from Tonga, was seen walking down the middle of Kitchener Street at 3.40am on Saturday, impeding traffic, when a vehicle stopped near him.

"Words were exchanged between the victim and the occupants of this car," said Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Baldwin of Auckland City Police.

A short time afterwards, the car has driven off at speed and the victim was left lying on the ground, badly assaulted, he said.

Police are reviewing CCTV footage and have spoken to several members of the public who have already come forward with information, but are keen to hear from anyone else who may be able to assist with the investigation, Mr Baldwin said.

"Police need to know how the victim received his injuries and the people in the car on Kitchener Street, can help paint this picture," he said.

"We would like the occupants of the car that to come forward to help Police understand what has occurred."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Auckland City Police on 09 302 6400 or CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police Source: 1 NEWS