Naenae: Police need help finding attackers

I’m a bit over these random attacks that are occurring by our youth against other youth. Recent Queensgate attacks, and the incident at Hutt Valley High School last year show violence against one another is accepted. These guys need to be found and brought to account quickly. I hope they are really over 16 so they can be made accountable.

Police seek shoe-stealing thugs

Police are hunting “cowardly thugs” who bashed up a 15-year-old boy and stole his shoes.

Lower Hutt police believe the victim was followed by two members of a larger group from the Naenae Shopping Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

He was then set upon and robbed of his shoes and was lucky to escape with only minor injuries.

“This is a random and violent attack, carried out in broad daylight at a busy time of the day,” Detective Constable Mike Smith said.

“The victim was targeted solely because of the type of shoe being worn. It was a cowardly attack committed by thugs who need to be prosecuted.”

The offenders are described as Maori, aged about 16-17. One had short brown hair with a bleached blond ‘mullet’ and wore a white top and short.

Mr Smith appealed for any witnesses in the Chapman Crescent/Sladden Street area to come forward.

Via Stuff

Hutt Radio: Update on developments

Following on from the earlier post on the inaugural public meeting of Hutt Radio, further details have emerged as to the current concept development for Hutt Radio. The latest from Eddie O’Strange one of the Trustees of Hutt Radio:

Our pathway to becoming a fully-fledged community station is now a bit different to how we planned and represented it.

In a nutshell, the new plan is this:

– we initially transmit from Naenae.
– we start off in a temporary studio.
– we broadcast BBC World interspersed with local live slots.
– we move into our complete studio site in two stages.
– the ultimate transmitter site is, as yet, unknown.

The reasons for the changes?

– we’ve gone past the on-air deadline imposed on us.
– the Kaukau transmission site is too costly at this time.
– the various Public Funding Agencies can’t help us yet.

Funding continues to be a real and pressing problem for Hutt Radio, and while sourcing initial funding from the inaugural public meeting,  given the current economic climate prudence in development seems an appropriate step at this time. 

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Wingate: Firearm charges result from Wednesday night Checkpoint

Two people are due to appear in the Lower Hutt District court next Friday following an assault on Wednesday night at an alcohol checkpoint at Wingate Crescent Taita.

Police say the car was stopped for a routine breath test at Wingate overpass about 7pm. They say the driver 22 was arrested on a fines warrant and his passenger 17 was detained after punching one of the arresting officers several times. Firearms & ammunation were also found in the vehicle. Both men were remanded and will appear on a variety of charges relating to assault, drugs and offensive weapons.

Several other related incidents occurred as the result of the strong Police present, including drink driving evasion resulting in cars being pulled over at NaeNae Shopping Centre. (see below)

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Naenae: Liquor Prosecution for selling to minor

Treadwell  St NaeNae Liquor Store (here) will face a 2 day suspension of its licence to sell alcohol following a breach of the Sale of Liquor Act.

Police say alcohol was sold to a minor. The General Managers certificate, issued to Chhagan Patel, will also be suspended for a longer period of 4 weeks for failing to conduct the premises in a proper manner.

Lower Hutt police ran a controlled operation where a minor was asked to enter the store and purchase liquor. Its alleged the sales person made no inquiry as to the customers age nor requested any form of ID.

Naenae’s Billy Graham Boxing and Life Coach

If you don’t know the story of Billy Graham, and you live in the Hutt Valley, then you need too. This gentleman is an inspiration to me, and an asset to our community, his work with youth  and his devotion to this cause.

This story from last night on TVNZ Sunday programme. In two parts below or in sidebar

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