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on French tourists
A Greymouth man was arrested
early yesterday when he drunkenly
attacked two French tourists
because they would not give him a
ride home. Senior constable Mike
Tinnelly, of the Greymouth police,
said the 26-year-old was heading
home from the pub when he ran
into the tourists, who were in their
camper van on Mawhera Q uay. He
asked them for a lift home but took
offence when they said there was not
enough room. Mr Tinnelly said the
man responded by attacking the male
tourist, punching him in the face
and kicking him. When the female
tourist leapt to her partner’s defence,
the assailant lashed out at her too.
Police were quickly on the scene and
arrested the attacker. He was charged
with assault with intent to injure,
common assault and obstruction.
kept busy all day
The Greymouth Volunteer Fire
Brigade had a long day on Saturday,
with five call-outs between 5am to
midnight. Their day started with
a truck crash at Runanga, where
they had to cut the driver from the
cab. Later in the day they again
used the cutting gear to free a man
from a crash at Aickens, near Otira.
Back in town, they were called to
the wharf to extinguish a fire at
the new Westfleet factory site, and
were called back again later for
what turned out to be a false alarm.
Wrapping up the day, the volunteers
turned out to the Blaketown tiphead
at 11pm to douse an unattended
beach fire, which took 30 minutes to
control in the gusting wind.
A pageant mother from Florida
fed her teenage daughter tapeworms
to help her slim down for a
competition, a nurse has revealed.
Maricar Cabral-Osori told how
she admitted the girl to the ER
with severe stomach cramps and
initially suspected she was pregnant
— som ething an ultrasound ruled
out. However, the cause of the pain
became clear when the nurse later
found the teenager screaming over
a toilet bowl full of tapeworms. Ms
Cabral-Osori said the girl’s mother,
“ who turned white”, admitted
buying tapeworm eggs in Mexico
and feeding them to her daughter.
The eggs hatched after the girl
ingested them. Ms Cabrai-Osori
said the teenager had passed the
tapeworms, some of which were
‘very long and trying to get out of
the toilet bowl’. — Daily Mail
Mainly fine, cloud morning, night
A couple of quick thinking South
Westland locals “outfoxed” two hitch-
hiking alleged car thieves by offering
them a lift in a chiller truck — delivering
them straight into the hands of waiting
It began with a theft from Fox Glacier
on Friday night and ended at Bruce Bay
the next day.
Constable Rob Manera, of Haast
police, said the incident unfolded when
the pair, hitch-hiking from Kumara,
allegedly stole a car from the Fox
Glacier Hotel car park shortly after 6pm
on Friday, after finding the car with the
keys in the ignition and a dog on the
“By the time the offenders got to
Karangarua some locals had carefully
blocked the highway on a long straight
section,” Mr Manera said.
With the road blocked by a tractor, the
pair handed over the car and dog, and
then made off on foot.
A short while later they tried to hitch
a ride about 1km south of the roadblock,
but were foiled when the locals turned
up again, so they fled into the bush in
the fading light.
A police tracker dog was summonsed
to sniff out the offenders, but an armed
hold-up in Greymouth at the same time
delayed the arrival of the dog handler at
Karangarua until 11pm, by which time
the scent was too weak to trace.
However, vigilant locals spotted the
hitch-hikers back on the road bright
and early the next morning, walking
south along State highway 6, about 1km
from they were last seen.
Mr Manera said two local men drove
along the road in their venison chiller
truck “and kindly offered” the offenders
a lift — “so long as they didn’t mind
sitting in the back because there was no
room up front ”.
Having spent a long and uncomfortable
night in the bush, the men gratefully
accepted the offer of a ride, but they had
no sooner boarded the truck when they
“ watched the door close and heard the
The venison truck, now prison van,
was driven down the road to Bruce Bay,
where the pair were handed over to
“The locals showed great initiative.
They dealt with the situation by
outfoxing these two and without putting
anyone at risk,” Mr Manera said.
The two Kumara imports, aged 24
and 19, remain in custody and were due
to appear in the Greymouth District
Court this afternoon.
The Blaketown Dairy worker who
was robbed at gunpoint on Friday
night said today he did everything
the robber asked of him to avoid
Major Singh admitted he was
“pretty frightened” when the man
pushed a pistol into his side and
demanded all the money from the
Mr Singh, who has only been
on the West Coast a month, said
his training as a manager for both
McDonald’s and Domino’s Pizza
had probably saved his life.
“ We are taught what to do in
these type of situations, which is do
what the offenders ask — and I did
exactly that. When the man asked
for the money from the till I opened
it and handed it over.”
The robber also demanded a
couple of packets of tobacco and
cigarettes he spotted underneath the
Mr Singh: “I gave them straight
He said the robber walked into the
shop just before closing time.
“He was a young fellow and he
wandered around the shop before
coming behind the counter. He
grabbed my clothing around my
neck and held a pistol to my side
and said ‘just give me money.’”
Mr Singh said he had just finished
cashing up for the night so there
were only coins and a $5 note in the
till. “I opened it up and grabbed at
handful of coins, about $100 worth,
and gave him cigarettes also — then
he ran off.”
A police tracker dog was called
in but lost the scent about 200m
further along Blake Street.
Mr Singh said he would be closing
earlier for a while, until he came to
terms with the attack.
Detective Michel Bloom, of the
Greymouth CIB, said the robber
was still at large, although police
were following a couple of lines of
“ We want to hear from anyone
who was in the area at the time
and saw any suspicious activity to
contact police immediately,” Mr
He said the offender could offend
“There may be many reasons
why he did this — it could have
been stupidity while he was drunk
— that ’s why we want it resolved
sooner rather than later.”
The offender is described as dark
skinned with a short beard, about
167cm tall and wearing a black
hoodie, black track pants and dark
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Blaketown Dairy worker Major Singh, back behind the counter where he was robbed by a man armed with a pistol just before closing on Friday night.
Complaint before crash
Police mum on fatal balcony fall
Staff at the Beachfront Hotel
in Hokitika have been offered
support after a Canterbury visitor
who had been socialising at the
hotel with his wife and friends
fell 16m from the balcony to his
death on Saturday night.
The 58-year-old died on the
way to hospital shortly after
Beachfront Hotel board
chairman Peter Cuff said today
staff got a call about 11.30pm to
say someone had fallen off the
Four staff members helped until
the ambulance arrived.
“The staff are shocked and upset
to learn he has subsequently
died,” Mr Cuff said.
Victim Support counselling
had been arranged for the staff.
He also offered the hotel’s
condolences to the victim’s family
Mr Cuff said they could not
imagine how the man fell.
Detective Michel Bloom, of
Greymouth police CIB, was
tight-lipped today, saying other
media reports that the man had
been drinking and had been in a
good mood, had misquoted him.
He referred to a brief press
statement which said only that
inquiries were continuing, and
police had yet to complete
interviews with members of his
group. The man and his wife
had apparently been staying in
Hokitika with two other couples.
Police said the dead man’s name
would not be released until next
of kin had been notified.
A 52-year-old Christ-
church man had to be cut
from the mangled wreck of
his four-wheel-drive vehicle
after it rolled on a bend ap-
proaching the Aickens road-
rail crossing on the Arthur’s
Pass highway, on Saturday
evening. Other motorists
provided first-aid and a local
farmer used a front-end
loader to relieve the pres-
sure of the vehicle’s crushed
roof and broken windscreen,
which had trapped the man.
Fire and rescue crews from
Kumara, Greymouth and
Arthur’s Pass attended. A West Coast bound freight train and highway traffic were
delayed for a time as emergency ser vices worked at the scene. The injured man was
flown to Christchurch Hospital in the NZCC
Rescue Helicopter suffering from head injuries. Hokitika police said they had
received a complaint about the man’s erratic driving about 30 minutes before the
PICTURE: NZCC Rescue Helicopter
Robber: ‘Just give me money’
The Beachfront Hotel, Hokitika.
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