Wairarapa News : April 10th 2013
3 WAIRARAPA NEWS, APRIL 10, 2013 NEWS STIHL SHOPTM Masterton 4 Chapel Street Phone: 06 377 5549 Mon - Fri 7.00am -- 6.00pm Sat: 7.30am -- 5.30pm, Sun: 9.00am -- 1.00pm Right into Outdoor Power Equipment www.stihlshop.co.nz THE HEAT SHOP New Owners still at the same address 17 Hope Street, Masterton and phone number 377 4388 -- shifting soon Top Brands -- Top Service GE Money Great finance offer! 12 months interest free & 12 months deferred payments (See instore for conditions) 5158795AB We sweep Chimneys book yours today! Phone 377 4388 IN BRIEF Break-in at store Police are following up investigations after the Four Square convenience store in Solway, Masterton, appears to have been broken into at the weekend. The rear door was found insecure after the alarm was activated, but it is not certain whether anything was stolen. Garage intruders A garage on a Charles St property in Carterton was broken into overnight on Saturday and the intruders set fire to a calendar. The fire burnt out without causing further damage. A freezer in the garage had been opened but the owners do not know if anything was taken. Sheep slaughtered Two sheep were stolen from a race at Taratahi and one was found slaughtered nearby on Sunday morning. The two sheep were part of a group of 13 sheep in the race by the East Taratahi Rd side. A ram is still missing. The theft was reported about midday on Sunday. Pair charged Two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested nearby after they were seen in the Newbolds yard in Masterton on Sunday at 1.46pm. The men have been charged with unlawfully being in an enclosed yard. Elderly man enticed boy Police are hunting for a white- bearded man who approached a teenage boy on Michael St, in Masterton, and tried to entice him into his car last Friday morning. The victim gave police a detailed description of the man, who offered the boy McDonald's takeaways if he would accompany him in the vehicle. The man is described as elderly white male''. He wore a black and blue check Swandri, ripped light pants, a light blue old cap and black leather shoes. He had a white beard down to his chest with slightly darker grey hair under his cap. He was medium to thick- set build, and just under six-feet (182 centimetres) tall -- possibly with a tattoo on his right hand. The car was a white Subaru with a roof rack, tinted windows and silver rims and a dented front passenger door. The incident occurred between 10am and 10.30am when the boy was running around the block during a school run. Anyone with information should call Wairarapa Police or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. Don't plan poolside fun these holidays By WALT DICKSON High and dry: The swimming pools at the Genesis Energy Recreation Centre, in Masterton, are closing for three weeks. When is swimming at the Master- ton pools not a good activity for the kids? During the school holidays, of course. That is the case for the upcom- ing holiday anyway, with all swimming pools at the community-owned recreation cen- tre closed for maintenance. Centre manager Kieran Te Whare says while the timing of the closure is unfortunate, the end of term one holidays are histori- cally quiet at the facility. Mr Te Whare says the pools are busiest during the school term largely because of high usage from the swimming clubs and swim schools, all of which take a break over the school holidays. User-wise, this [closure] affects a lot less people,'' Mr Te Whare said. The pools close next week, one week before the end of term, with maintenance work likely to take about three weeks. Mr Te Whare says it will also be an ideal opportunity to tackle the ongoing problems with the hydro- slide, which has been out of order for several months. The pools were last closed for maintenance in April 2010. Patrol needs more volunteers By WALT DICKSON On patrol: Community patrollers June Tainsh and David Rolls. Community patrols are alive and well in Masterton, but could do with more members. Acting as the eyes and ears'' for police, community patrols are helping to reduce crime and build safer communities throughout New Zealand. Patrolling their community in pairs, patrols note anything that could be suspicious and inform police immediately of incidents requiring urgent attention. Masterton community patrol co- ordinator Cheryl Watson says patrols are not a vigilante'' group or a group of do-gooders''. It is simply a team of like- minded people who care for the local community and who want to keep it safe.'' Regular teams share the patrol- ling, but the patrol would appreci- ate the help of others to share the load. In some areas patrols have a very high profile, with a sign- written car. Others, including Masterton, prefer to stay covert and drive their own cars. Patrols always travel in pairs. Police notify the patrol of sus- picious activities and trouble spots they would like them to keep an eye on, as well as informing the patrol of events occurring in the area. Masterton Police detective sar- gent Rick Joblin said they fully endorse'' the community patrol, and described their voluntary work as very useful''. As the liaison person between police and the community patrol he provides them with weekly reports on what to look out for in the town. As well as patrolling areas in town in a vehicle, community patrols also man CCTV cameras at the Masterton Police station. June Tainsh and David Rolls are two of the longest serving members of the Masterton com- munity patrol. Both say they have a desire to help'' and enjoy the experiences that the patrol offers. We get to see all sorts of things going on at night,'' Ms Tainsh said. Community patrols began in 2001. There are about 140 patrols throughout New Zealand and 4500 volunteers. Volunteers have to pass a secur- ity check. Those who are accepted have to sign confidentiality and code of conduct agreements before going through a three-month training programme. Anyone interested in volunteer- ing for the Community Patrol should drop in to the Masterton Police station and collect the necessary forms.
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