Burglaries, an armed siege, controversial flag decisions and the shock death of a Mount Maunganui ambassador were among the biggest stories on bayofplentytimes.co.nz this week.

1. Special report: Tauranga's worst suburbs for burglaries revealed
One of the Bay's beachside suburbs has recorded the region's highest number of burglaries - more than four times the average per suburb.

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. Bay of Plenty Siege
Four police officers were shot by a man who held a tense stand-off with police for 22 hours before eventually giving himself up for arrest. The injured officers were flown to hospital, where one remains in a serious condition.

3. Mount Mainstreet manager Peter Melgren dies
Tributes flow in for Te Puke-born Peter Melgren, who represented Mount Maunganui retailers and was described by one local mourner as an "events organiser supremo" after he appeared to have suffered from a cardiac arrest.

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Mount Maunganui Mainstreet manager Peter Melgren. Photo/file
Mount Maunganui Mainstreet manager Peter Melgren. Photo/file

4.

Council's legal advice: Fern must go

In a strange turn of events, after Tauranga City Council stirred

design from the city's flagpole, and after

by a disgruntled resident, the council was told only the current New Zealand flag could fly.

Flag with the new design was stolen from the main flag pole on Elizabeth St. Photo/file
Flag with the new design was stolen from the main flag pole on Elizabeth St. Photo/file

5. Crash chaos in Tauranga, again

A spate of crashes throughout the region forced the closure of several sections of highway and prompted police to issue a safety warning to motorists.