Last Thursday night a Stokes Valley kohanga reo (Maori language school) was been badly damaged in what police say is a suspicious fire.
Lower Hutt CIB said today they wanted to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area at the time.
Photos and other details here courtesy of Hutt ValleyFire Police Unit.
Fire appliances and emergency services attended a serious fire at Kiwi Race Cars an automotive Repair Workshop in Goodshed Road Maidstone Upper Hutt around lunchtime. Damage to the race car workshop was extensive. The workshop was divided into two areas, the section in which the fire started was seriously damaged along with two vintage cars. The other area containing several cars suffered light damage.
For more details checkout details and photos, click here courtesy of Hutt Valley Fire Police Unit who attended.
Formerly the Empire Hotel, now ‘The Empire’, the new gastro-pub on Jackson Street (opposite Murphy’s Bar) is ‘O for awesome’.
Paul Rowan, of Mange Tout fame, has opened this new establishment in time for Christmas. The place looks amazing and the garden bar is a real feature. In fact for summer days this will be the place. The short video gives a quick insight, but you must visit it yourself. Interested in the backstory over the demise of the old Empire Hotel check here and here. Its a credit to Paul in the quick turnaround and changing a blot on Jackson Street to what will be an entertainment asset.
We had lunch there today (opening day) – the burger was good and the chicken and cider pie was very tasty. If you like the food at Lonestar and Speights Ale House, then you’ll like The Empire. The food is somewhere in between the two places, with meal prices under $20 for the burger or pie – and a bit more for the stonegrill. They’ve got Macs range of beers and Stella on tap, with others in the fridge. I had the Oyster Bay sav which is always good. We also spotted a couple getting the platter, so we’ll be back again over Summer – maybe next time we’ll sit in the garden bar if the weather behaves!!
The private function room out the back is an ideal venue for a Xmas party, or office function. And if gaming is your cup of tea, the pokies return to The Empire in late January.
The Empire, 175 Jackson Street, Petone. Call 589 5502.
There was a large fire in the early morning at a house in central Lower Hutt.
The house where the fire started was completely destroyed and six neighbouring houses were damaged.
At this stage the fire is being treated as suspicious.
Early this morning saw the second home invasion in the Hutt Valley. Whilst not on the level of the Stokes Valley attack it is rather worrying that the nature of these attacks is increasing. Two things spring to mind economic hardship and drugs
Three people, including an elderly woman, were upset, but physically unharmed, after four men forced their way into their Lower Hutt home early today.
Lower Hutt police said the woman, in her nineties, and another adult couple were awoken by the four men forcing the front door of the Charleston Avenue, Avalon, home.
“The males made a hasty search before leaving with some property and the victims’ BMW motor vehicle,” said Detective Sergeant Mike Sears of Lower Hutt CIB.
“The victims are obviously very upset, but thankfully received no physical injuries.
“We are still investigating the motive for this crime.”
Police are trying to establish if there are any links between this and the Stokes Valley incident, and need help to locate the four young men.
Keep your eyes out for the stolen car, a blue BMW, registration ZX9069.
More indepth detail in this Herald report has emerged (Sunday) and Police now believe of the posssibility that a gang of assilants is operating in the Hutt Valley.