Fire cost could top $1 million

Police had a busy week last week – here’s how it went day by day.

Monday – police attended a ram raid in Cambridge and six family harm incidents with one of them resulting in a Police Safety Order being issued to a male. A Police Safety Order (PSO) is an order that police can make when attending a family harm incident. It directs an aggressor to leave a property immediately and not make contact with any of the named parties for a period of up to 10 days. This order does have some checks and balances and there is a requirement for oversight by a non-commissioned staff member. They are usually issued when we believe there is a threat of violence but did not meet the evidential threshold of an arrest.

Tuesday – We assisted with a search warrant in relation to a burglary in Karāpiro and attended an employment dispute that turned violent. Multiple bail checks were conducted. When police are not attending incidents we are generally out proactively patrolling including conducting bail checks to ensure offenders on bail are compliant with bail checks.

Wednesday – Family harm incident, and assisted Cambridge with an arson. Multiple bail checks conducted.

Thursday – Assisted in a fatal farm incident in Piopio, attended a collision in Roto-o-rangi.

Friday – Attended Cambridge Raceway. A lot of disorder reported after the event.

Saturday – Policed a ceremony at Te Mawhai, attended a family harm incident. There was an incident where a male fled from a traffic stop. We attended a suspicious event in Racecourse Road that likely prevented a burglary. One male was stopped and spoken to at the scene. We Attended a commercial burglary.

Sunday – Breach of the Peace at a commercial premises, a family harm incident and multiple bail checks.

  • Meanwhile police have arrested two young teenagers following Sunday evening blaze which initial estimates suggest has caused $1 million in damage. The fire caused extensive damage to a commercial building in Ricket Rd which houses a pie shop and a gym. The Te Awamutu Fire Brigade was called out at 9pm on Sunday and had the blaze under control before midnight. It is understood pallets were placed beside an outside wall of the building and set alight.

Police tape cordoned of the front of the torched building on Monday.

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