Illegal street racers targeted in WBOP

A number of vehicles have been busted doing speeds of up to 150km/h on the Tauranga Eastern Link. A 17-year-old has also been charged following an operation targeting illegal street racing and anti-social driving behaviour in the Western Bay of Plenty. The... Read More

Woman flees from hammer attack

A woman hit over the head with a hammer fled into a Te Puke florist for protection from her attacker yesterday afternoon. “We were a bit startled at first,” says florist Murray Howell. “We could see she had this great big lump on her... Read More

Injured woman shows up at florist

UPDATE - 5pm: A 32 year old Te Puke woman is reported to be in a stable condition in Tauranga Hospital after she entered a Te Puke florist's today seeking help. Earlier: Police are making enquiries following an injured woman turning up at a florist... Read More

Bail denied for Mobster’s son

The son of the president of the Kawerau chapter of the Mongrel Mob is to remain behind bars, following his arrest as part of Operation Notus. Slobodan Rahoroi Milosevic, 27, is amongst a further 13 people who appeared at Tauranga District Court today... Read More

Wickliffe pleads guilty to drink driving

Convicted, but paroled, killer Dean Wickliffe has pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and breaching his release conditions at Tauranga District Court.  He now faces a parole board hearing on Thursday to determine if he will be recalled to... Read More

Tauranga murder trial date set

The man accused of murdering another man who was left at Tauranga Hospital with critical injuries is set to go to trial next year. Colin Richard Jeffries-Smith, 26, appeared via audio visual link in Tauranga Court today accused of the... Read More

Operation Notus: nine more bailed

Bail has been granted for nine more people arrested as part of large scale drug operation in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. James Burgess, Rangi Burgess, Chad Chisholm, Noho Tuhaka, Inia Curry, Nicole Ryder, Arahia Parker, Vaina Drummond and Charlie Drummond... Read More

Charges laid in fatal hunting shooting

Police have charged a 37-year-old in relation to the fatal shooting of a Katikati man. Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Ambler says Gordon Douglas Leech was hunting alone in the bush when he was fatally shot on Monday April 2. "The 57-year-old was hunting... Read More

Prison brawl footage released

Footage has been released to RNZ of the attack on Corrections officers at Auckland prison which led to a mass strip search in 2016. The strip search of 209 prisoners over two days in October 2016 was at the centre of a court case at the High Court in... Read More

A new way to identify stolen items

With the rise of social media, selling stolen goods online has become even easier, with buy/sell/swap pages on Facebook becoming the new black market for thieves looking to offload their ill-gotten merchandise. However, a new local business is hoping... Read More



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Jack-o-lantern in the sunrise. Halloween’s come early this year! Photo: Nicholle Roberson.

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