Briefly: Car slips, Home invasion

Car slips off Te Mata

A vehicle crashed down a bank on the edge of Te Mata Peak Rd on Tuesday and police are asking for two witnesses who spotted the vehicle before the accident to contact them. The Nissan Mistral was travelling downhill when it came off the road, down a bank, being stopped by a tree before reaching Tokomaru Rd. Fire and ambulance services also attended the scene, and the two teenage occupants of the car walked away unscathed.

"Obviously it has been going too fast, or not going to the conditions and it has left the road," police said. "We've had two witnesses approach fire service and first on the scene saying they were concerned about the manner of driving of the vehicle prior to the crash.

"We'd like those witnesses to contact Ben Howat at Hastings Police."

Anybody with information could call (06) 8730500.

Home invasion inquiries

Police are still investigating an early morning home invasion that left a middle-aged Waipawa man with facial injuries. The man, who lives alone on Pourerere Road, answered a knock on his door in the early hours of Saturday, April 21.

Waipukurau Senior Sergeant Ross Gilbert said the man was confronted by two men who violently assaulted him before demanding he hand over property.

He said the man was shaken over the serious incident, and had to make his way to a neighbouring property to contact emergency services. "He doesn't have a phone so he had to go to a friend's mother's place and [police] were called from there," Mr Gilbert said.

The two men were not known to the victim, and it was not yet clear whether the incident was gang related. Mr Gilbert said it was one of the most serious incidents in the town recently, and police still needed help with their inquiries.

Specifically, any sightings of suspicious behaviour or activities on Pourerere Road on Friday, April 20 or Saturday, April 21.

Information can be given to Waipukurau Police (06 8589140) or anonymously via Crimestoppers (0800 567789).

- Hawkes Bay Today

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