Northland news briefs

Rape Charges

Kaitaia police have charged a 27-year-old man with sexual offending against juvenile girls. Detective Mark Dalzell, from Kaitaia's Child Protection Team, said two victims had been identified, the allegations spanning a period from 2007 until earlier this month. The man was remanded in custody last week and granted name suppression.

He faces five counts of raping a girl aged 12-16, three of raping a female aged over 16, one of indecently assaulting a girl 12-16, one of attempted sexual connection with a girl 12-16, one (representative) of sexual connection with a girl 12-16, eight of sexual grooming, one of assaulting a female, 25 of selling cannabis, 15 of offering to sell cannabis, one (representative) of supplying cannabis to a person under the age of 18, and one of offering to supply the drug to a person under 18.

Petrol can stolen

A petrol container stolen from a boat on the front lawn of a One Tree Point home serves as a warning to all boatowners during the busy summer holidays to store them out of sight. Whangarei police Sergeant Howard Clements said the owner reported the theft of the 24 litre container on New Year's Day.

Church break-in

A man was spotted trying to break into a Whangarei church and now police want help from the public to identify him. Sergeant Howard Clements said the man tried to break into a church, on Kiripaka Rd in Tikipunga, about 11.25pm on Wednesday. At the time the male Maori was wearing a red baseball cap, a white jacket, shorts and white running shoes.

Poison contained

The amount of fireworks stored in a shed razed by fire after a power line crashed on to a Kawakawa property was at most 300kg, not 800kg as reported in the Advocate, according to owner Hadyn Wills. The blaze at 9.30pm on New Year's Eve sparked a major emergency response because Mr Wills, a possum trapper and fireworks retailer, also used the shed to store cyanide. He put the amount of fireworks at 200-300kg. An investigation on New Year's Day found none of the possum poison had escaped.

- Northern Advocate

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