Stories from around the regions: A Rotorua mother is heartbroken after vandals destroyed her baby's grave and a police pursuit in Northland had it all: cars, a plane and a ride-on lawnmower.

A mother has been left "heartbroken" after her baby daughter's grave was destroyed by vandals at a Rotorua cemetery.

A man was taken from Hastings District Court by ambulance after he jumped out of the dock during a court appearance. Photo/Duncan Brown
A man was taken from Hastings District Court by ambulance after he jumped out of the dock during a court appearance. Photo/Duncan Brown

A patched Mongrel Mob member attempted to make a dash for freedom, jumping over a glass pane in the dock in the Hastings District Court.

In Northland a police pursuit lasted more than two hours and involved four stolen vehicles, police dogs, a rammed police car, a plane and a school caretaker on a ride-on lawnmower.

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Bay of Plenty counsellors are telling some legal high users to smoke real thing.

A Masterton man has admitted to fraudulently using his parents' bank card and void cheques to steal more than $45,000.

And finally, seawater from Wanganui's South Beach was sent away for testing on Thursday last week, after a mystery substance washed up on it.