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Friday 27 November 2009

Police Swoop on Tinnie Houses, P Lab
Tauranga police have wrapped up a major drugs operation, with the arrest of nearly 40 people and the seizure of cannabis and methamphetamine. Police executed 45 warrants over three days, raiding properties from Omokoroa through central Tauranga to Te Puke. Officers seized cannabis plants and tinnies, methamphetamine, and believe they've busted a number of tinnie houses and a suspected meth lab. Detective Senior Sergeant Greg Turner says the operation was part of a wider clamp down on what he calls summer offending. He warns police will keep the hammer on over the summer months in relation to drugs and property crime, and the substantial amount of alcohol-related offending that occurs. He's appealing for information from people who suspect a tinnie house or P lab in their neighbourhood.

Hunter Remains 'Critical'
A 69 year old Tauranga man is critically ill after being shot in a hunting accident. The incident happened on Wednesday night, 25 km from Hatepe near Taupo. Detective Sergeant Tony Manunui says there were two groups of hunters in the area, neither was aware of the other. He says two of the hunters were spotlighting, one of the men armed with a hunting rifle fired at what he thought was a deer, and hit the victim in the shoulder. He says it’s a tragic situation, and too early to comment on whether any charges will be laid with further inquiries to carry out.

Govt Funds Provide 74 Student Places
The Bay of Plenty Polytechnic has welcomed additional Government funding for next year, saying it'll mean an extra 74 full time places for students under 25. The 600 thousand dollars is part of the Government’s Youth Opportunities package. The places will be in programmes including Business and Computing, Tourism and Hospitality, Construction Management and Surveying, and Environmental Management.

Boaties Face Fines
Boaties have been warned they'll face fines for breaching safety regulations this summer. An education blitz gets underway at boat ramps tomorrow, with Police, Coastguard, and Environment Bay of Plenty harbour staff all taking part. Mount Maunganui Senior Sergeant Craig Madden says there were too many rescues last summer, boats often breaking because of poor maintenance. He says it’s then discovered their safety equipment isn't up to scratch, either communication gear, flares or lifejackets. He says lifejackets are a particular concern. The fine for a boat not having enough lifejackets for everyone on board, is $100.

Posted: Fri 27 Nov 2009

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