Northland news briefs: January 21

Reckless driving charge

A man who yelled abuse at Whangarei police while driving past at speed and later allegedly drove at an officer has been arrested. Sergeant John Larkin, of Whangarei police, said a car drove past officers on Bank St at speed at 1.30am on Saturday and the driver allegedly yelled abuse at police. The car was followed on to Vine St where police told the driver to stop, but he drove into the nearby carpark where he allegedly drove at an officer, before driving off. The car was later found but the driver had left. He was arrested yesterday and charged with reckless driving and failing to remain stopped.

Haircut ends in arrest

A man's attempt to cut of his partner's son's hair ended with him getting arrested for allegedly assaulting the boy. Whangarei police Sergeant John Larkin said the man, aged 43, was at a Kamo home at 7pm on Friday when he tried to cut off the rat's tail from his partner's son's hair. Mr Larkin said the boy, aged 12, pushed the man away and he allegedly grabbed the boy by the throat. The man was arrested and charged with assault.

Tractor stolen from barn

A tractor and equipment worth about $30,000 have been stolen from a Whangarei barn. Sergeant John Larkin, of Whangarei police, said the barn, in Crane Rd, was burgled between 9pm Friday and 8am Saturday. A red tractor with white roof, with a blue mulcher on the back and loader on the front, registration TYM320 and two 20-litre fuel tanks, were stolen. Anybody with information can contact police on 09 435-1729.

Man injured by stingray

A 65-year-old man was injured after being jabbed by a stingray in Northland on Saturday. Emergency services rushed to the remote Karikari Peninsula after receiving calls that the man had been hit by a barb just after 9am.

Quad bike rolls on driver

A man was taken to hospital with minor chest injuries after a quad bike rolled on a farm west of Whangarei. Northland St John Ambulance spokesman Wally Mitchell said an ambulance was called to a farm at Titoki, about 29km west of Whangarei, on Friday afternoon.

Woman assaulted, shot

A 22-year-old woman is in a stable condition in hospital after being assaulted and shot in the chest with an airgun. Police say the victim was at a bus shelter on the corner of Kiripaka Rd and Heretaunga St, Tikipunga, early on Saturday morning when she was approached by a group of young men. Detective Pepe Reihana said they had an argument before the woman was assaulted and shot. Police would like to speak to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity. Call Detective Pepe Reihana on (09) 430-4506 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

- Northern Advocate

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