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Fire fighters put out a fire that engulfed a bus at the Stokes Valley bus depot (Cnr of Stokes Valley Road and Kamahi Road) on Friday afternoon.
The fire was in an engine compartment of the bus and no one was injured or on board at the time.
The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter flew a seriously injured man from Stokes Valley on Christmas eve.
The 36 year old Stokes Valley man fell approximately 4 metres off of a deck onto concrete at his home around 6 pm. He was initially knocked unconscious from the fall.
The Wellington Free Ambulance paramedics who responded to the scene requested the helicopter to transport the man when he was found to be suffering from head injuries.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter landed in a small park near the mans home and transported him to Wellington Hospital Emergency Department.
He is currently being assessed and treated in the emergency department.
via NZ Police
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.
Lower Hutt Police are seeking sightings of a red or maroon Mazda Astina 4 door liftback vehicle believed to be linked to an overnight home invasion in Stokes Valley.
The vehicle had been stolen from the lower level of the Westpac Stadium car park during business hours on Wednesday 11 November. At about 10.00 last evening Police discovered the car burning in the car park of Taita Bowling Club. An examination of the vehicle will take place today.
Also anyone noticing any suspicious behaviour around the Taita Bowling Club within the same time periods as the assault occurred.
Please contact the Lower Hutt Police Station with details
Stokes Valley was in lockdown mode last night as Police were hunting for at least two armed offenders after the pair stormed into a Stokes Valley home and shot one man and bashed a woman with a gun early this morning.
“The intruders kicked in the door and fired at least two shots in the house, striking the male victim in the leg. His female partner was struck over the head with the gun, police said.
At least three children were in the house at the time.
The male victim, 37, suffered serious gunshot injuries to his leg. He was flown by Westpac rescue helicopter to Wellington Hospital after the armed invasion about 9.40pm.
The woman was able to call for an ambulance, as did neighbours who heard the shots. She was taken to Hutt Hospital with moderate head injuries. The victims’ car was also shot at and damaged.
Stokes Valley was in lockdown last night as police cordons prevented anyone from entering the entrance to the suburb and a helicopter circled overhead.
The two offenders wore balaclavas and black hooded sweatshirts when they entered the Amundsen Grove home and started shooting. Police believed they had a sawn-off shotgun.
Four men were in a red, four-door sedan that left after the shooting. A red car was found a short time later burnt out at Taita Bowling Club.
Police are investigating whether it is connected to the incident.
Armed police were still searching for the offenders early this morning.
Inspector Mike Coleman said the home invasion was premeditated. “It was obviously a planned attack. It’s possible they have mistaken the address and got the wrong people.”
The Wellington-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter rescued a man who fell from his motorbike while riding on firebreaks above Stokes Valley.
The helicopter, with two Wellington Free Ambulance paramedic onboard was called to the scene, above Stokes Valley around 3.30pm.
Initially it was difficult to locate the 25yr old Stokes Valley man due to them not having any cell phone. Once the Wellington Rescue Helicopter was in the area they were able to land nearby to some other motorcyclist and get some more information
Once the Helicopter arrived on scene the patient was treated ny the Welington Free Paramedics and then loaded into the Helicopter
The man was transported to the Wellington Hospital Emergency Department where he is currently being treated and assessed.