Murder accused says he acted alone

The man accused of murdering Lance John Murphy told a court he stripped to his underpants to wash in a creek and perform a Maori warrior ritual, before acting alone in bashing him to death on a hilltop. Michael Joseph Davies, 52, is standing trial accused... Read More

Accused saw victim as demonic dragon

A man accused of bashing Lance John Murphy to death with a tree branch has told the court he believed the victim was a hit man who had murdered his own wife and was possessed by a demonic 10-headed dragon. Michael Joseph Davies, 52, is standing trial... Read More

Police Taser man in Te Teko

A man was pepper sprayed then Tasered by police following an incident in Te Teko in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. A spokesperson says police were undertaking a routine traffic stop on Te Teko Road at 9.20am when the occupants of the vehicle refused to... Read More

Gang tensions in Brookfield

A stand-off between two rival gangs in Tauranga was diffused before things escalated to an all-out brawl. Witnesses to the event says members of Black Power and Mongrel Mob were “staunching each other out” in the car park of the Brookfield... Read More

Burglaries on the rise

Burglaries in the Western Bay of Plenty were up 43 per cent last year, following a national trend which saw police make the crime a priority offence last year. The latest crime statistics show there were 2263 burglaries in the Western Bay of Plenty to... Read More

Fatal crash driver guilty of theft

The Mount Maunganui woman guilty of killing two people and injuring a third while driving under the influence of prescription drugs, has also been found guilty of stealing the empty pill bottles found in her car after the fatal crash. Nicole Marie Reynolds,... Read More

Prison recall for Bay man

Police are on the hunt for a Bay of Plenty man who is being sought for a prison recall. An appeal has been issued on the Bay of Plenty & Taupo Police Facebook page asking for information that will lead to the whereabouts of Mathew Tihema. The 35-year-old... Read More

A new take on ‘green-top’ milk

  A high-steaks competition involving an amoosing photo of two cows eating ‘grass' has surfaced online. Waikato District Police are asking members of the online community to caption a photo of two cows munching down on several cannabis... Read More

Police find body in Woodhill Forest

A body has been found in the Woodhill Forest in Muriwai. The body was found by a member of the public last night and police remain at the scene. Police are currently going through the process to formally identify the body. Search and Rescue teams focussed... Read More

Police name man killed in Taupo driveway

A man killed by a reversing vehicle in the driveway of a Taupo house on the night of Friday, February 11, can now be named.  He was David Paramena Mitchell, a 53-year-old Taupo resident. "This is another tragic loss of life from a driveway incident,"... Read More



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