Waikato Police have launched Operation Smelter, targeting a group of prolific offenders responsible for multiple aggravated robberies and commercial and retail burglaries in the district. The operation has had immediate success, with arrests made, charges laid, and stolen goods have been recovered. On Wednesday 10 January Police executed a series of warrants in Hamilton and […]

By John Freer A brutal beating involving some 30 members of the Rebels gang on the streets of Coromandel Town has appalled and upset local residents. The incident, caught on video and circulated on social media, shows a graphic image of a man being smashed in the side of the head by an extremely forceful […]

The search is continuing for the 25- year-old Waihi kayaker, Samuel McAlister, reported missing off Thames Coast Road, north of the Waikawau boat ramp on Monday. Today a rahui has been placed on an area from the Otakeao Stream to the north bank of the Waikawau River – this by local iwi Ngati Tamatera. The […]

By John Freer A large search along the Thames Coast between Tapu and Wilsons Bay today failed to find a missing kayaker fisherman. Police have confirmed the person they are searching for is a 25-year-old man from Waihi. He went missing on Monday after loosing a paddle when fishing with a friend north of the […]

The iconic old red telephone box on the main street of Tairua was the subject of a ram-raid style robbery last night. Sometime overnight a car has smashed and destroyed the telephone box that once stood proud on Tairua’s main street. Locals have been expressing there feelings on the local Tairua Chit Chat page with […]

By John Freer Paeroa’s Christian School had someone come and steal its playground boundary fence. It was noticed on the first Monday of the current school holidays. The fence was missing for a week – but now it has been returned. A very relieved principal of the 50-student school, Royce McMurtrie, confirmed the story to […]

If you thought the rise in crime is impacting only our larger metropolitan area, then it’s probably time for a reset in those thoughts. The latest crime statistics have been released and Thames Coromandel is showing a whopping 26% increase in property crimes for the 12 months ended September. The increase for all of New […]

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