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Westport police are tracking down
seven people who failed to appear
in the Westport District Court
yesterday. A spokesman said the
court had issued arrest warrants for
all seven for their failure to attend
court. Those who knew they should
have been before the judge yesterday
were advised to front up to police if
they wanted to avoid spending the
weekend locked up in the cells.
Patrols out for
Police will be out in force
tomorrow for the Greymouth
Street Sprints tomorrow. A police
spokesman said a primary focus for
police would be on public safety and
ensuring spectators complied with
the liquor ban which was in force in
the race area.
Greymouth Street Sprints, 9am
Tai Poutini Open Day, 11am to
Hokitika Lantern Parade, Custom
Top of the South Hockey
tournament, Westurf, 10.30am.
Baby and Child Extravaganza,
Greymouth High School, 10am to
Top of the South Hockey
tournament, Westurf, 9am.
Morning cloud, odd coastal shower
A husband and wife live a ‘food-
free’ diet and claim they sur vive by
only eating vegetable broth or fruit
a handful of times a week. Akahi
Ricardo, 36, and Camila Castello,
34, who live between California and
Ecuador, said they have forgotten
what hunger feels like and believe
humans can be sustained solely
by the “energy that exists in the
universe and in themselves”.
Mother-of-two Camila even
practised a ‘breatharian’ pregnancy,
only eating solids five times during
the nine months she was carrying
her first child. “Humans can easily
be without food, as long as they are
the connected to the energy that
exists in all things and through
breathing,” Camila said. “For
three years, Akahi and I didn’t eat
anything at all and now we only eat
occasionally like if we’re in a social
situation or if I simply want to taste
a fruit.” — Daily Mail
Ten parked vehicles in
windscreens smashed in a spree
A police dog tracked down
two men after wards but they
The targeted vehicles were
in Shakespeare and Heaphy
streets, all between 4pm and
Senior sergeant Paul Watson
appealed for any witnesses,
particularly those with closed
circuit tv footage to assist the
Four vehicles were found
damaged last night and five
more incidents came to light
“Response staff report that
they have dealt with five
separate vehicles on Heaphy
Street this morning, plus an
additional one on Shakespeare
Street,” Mr Watson said.
“At this stage we have a total
of 10 vehicles damaged.”
All had been smashed,
possibly with a small ‘hatchet ’
Mr Watson said those
involved in the indiscriminate
behaviour had probably moved
along Heaphy Street and then
south on Shakespeare Street.
One car was vandalised
outside the Granger House
“The incidents all occurred
between 4pm and 8pm,
which was relatively early. We
believe that two males were
involved in the offending.
They ’ve been walking along
we believe, Heaphy and then
down Shakespeare in a south-
westerly direction. ”
Mr Watson said police first
received a report something
was up shortly before 8 o’clock
when a resident heard male
voices and looked out to see
two men leaving the scene of
their smashed windscreen.
A sniffer dog was put on
to the trail of two men at an
address in the area.
“The males at that address
Residents or motorists in the
area who had seen anything
last night were urged to
contact the Greymouth Police
Station, or anonymously via
Crimestoppers on 0800 555
111, so they could pin down
the identity of the men seen in
The offenders may have
travelled up Tainui Street
and into Heaphy Street so
potentially there would be
witnesses in that area who
had noticed suspicious activity
from about 4pm onwards,
At this stage police had not
drawn any link between this
vandalism and the mass tyre
puncturing from earlier last
month, which has yet to be
Mr Watson said the two
men tracked by a police dog
last night were still “persons
of interest ” but there were
possible other leads in the area
where the offending happened.
“ It ’s very disappointing when
that sort of thing happens in
“ We have got a couple of
addresses down there that do
give us issues. We believe it’s
linked to them.”
Grey District Mayor Tony
Kokshoorn said the latest
incidents “can’t be tolerated”
and it gave Greymouth a bad
“ We really need to work hard
to find the perpetrators of this,
so if people know anything
about it, they need to contact
“It could be any of us next
with our own cars.”
‘Miracle’ stroke sur vivor says thanks
A Greymouth man has almost completely
recovered from a major stroke after his
nurse partner recognised the warning signs
and got him to hospital quickly and in
time for clot-busting drug treatment.
Yesterday, Errol Richards returned to
Grey Base Hospital to thank staff and
nurse Diane Pollard, who described him as
her “miracle” patient ”.
The only warning sign for the 60-year-
old was a short episode when his eyesight
went funny a couple of months earlier.
Then, the night before the stroke, he had a
severe eye ache.
“I went to bed, but at 1.30am my partner
heard strange sounds. I couldn’t move my
arm, my face was drooping. My speech
wasn’t too bad. Luckily, she’s a nurse so she
recognised the symptoms and called an
ambulance. I was like, ‘that ’s a bit over the
top isn’t it?’”
The next thing he remembers was a
nurse standing over his hospital bed
saying he had had a major stroke. An
Auckland locum was present and gave
him thrombolysis (a clot-busting drug
In the morning he could barely move. By
mid-afternoon he could put weight on his
legs and the next day, he was walking.
“If I hadn’t got there in time, I’d probably
be totally incapacitated down that side.
I certainly wouldn’t be at work today. I’ll
always be grateful she got me treatment,”
Mr Richards said.
“I’m probably back to 90% health now.
I have a bit of extra sensitivity in my arm,
warm feels like burning hot. But as a
welder, it’s better that way around.”
Stroke Foundation chief executive Mark
Vivian said getting to hospital quickly,
and getting thrombolysis, was the best
“And what happened to Errol could
happen to anyone — so please, learn the
signs and remember to call 111. You might
be the person saving someone’s life one
day,” Mr Vivian said.
The Stroke Foundation is currently
raising awareness of its FAST message
— Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech
difficulty, Time to call 111.
PICTURE: Laura Mills
Greymouth stroke sur vivor Errol Richards thanks nurse Diane Pollard at Grey Base Hospital yesterday.
Jacksons pub sold
The historic Jacksons Hotel
was sold for the low reser ve of
$200,000 at auction last night.
Former owner Mark Tammett
said he was disappointed with
the price, but “relieved to get
rid of the place”.
Mr Tammett said bidding at
the auction had started low,
with only two or three people
showing any interest.
After purchasing the property
for $470,000 in 2010 and then
investing a further $500,000
into the business, Mr Temmett
said he had to “cut his losses”
and move on.
The once popular pub on the
road to Christchurch has been
closed for 17 months.
“There were 41 separate
inquiries and on that basis
you would expect about half
of them to show up. Eight
people asked about the sale
and said they would be at the
auction. There was talk in the
community and on Facebook,
but in the end it came to
nothing,” Mr Temmett said.
Harcourts business owner
Andrew Swift said the
successful purchaser took the
opportunity to secure the
hotel, but he was not keen
on revealing their identity or
announcing future plans for
At this stage they were
still trying to work that out,
Mr Swift said.
“There would not be a lot of
change, but it was unlikely to
be a tavern again. I think for
him the country pub has long
gone. Things have changed
with drink-driving and it has
done its time as a tavern.”
Mr Swift said the new owner
was the sort of person who
would see that the building
was preser ved as a historic
The Jacksons Hotel sale
included fixtures, fittings and
chattels on the 500 square
metre building. It ceased
trading in February 2016.
An ongoing fault with the Sewell Peak
cellphone site left Spark cellphone customers
throughout swathes of the Grey Valley
without a signal for the past week.
Although the fault was fixed, Spark said
today it had been told of ongoing problems
and was investigating further.
Carolyn Lawson, of Ikamatua, said the
signal was lost on Monday morning, leaving
them with no coverage for two days. When it
came back, it was “really, really intermittent ”.
“ When we ring Spark, they say there are no
actual outages reported,” Mrs Lawson said.
Their engineering businesses was struggling
to do the banking, as they could not receive
the text codes that banks use to authorise
Others were going into the local store to use
the landline, she said.
At the Ikamatua Store, Corrine Atkinson
said she had chased Spark for an answer and
was told the Taylor ville tower was down.
That meant a lot of the valley had issues
during the week, she said.
At Ahaura, a number of Spark customers
Spark this morning confirmed there had
been a fault on the Sewell Peak mobile site,
It had spoken to Mrs Lawson, who
confirmed the ser vice had now been restored
as of last evening.
The ser vice was operating but it appeared
the signal had dropped in strength so it was
The fault “may have affected customers in
the Grey Valley ”, Spark said.
Fault knocks out Grey Valley cellphones
An 18-year-old woman is in custody in
Greymouth and two other young people
were arrested in Culverden following a
petrol drive off incident which unfolded in
the Maruia Valley yesterday.
Senior sergeant Paul Watson, of
Greymouth police, said Reefton and
Murchison road patrols were deployed early
yesterday afternoon after the driver of a
stolen vehicle which had stopped for petrol
at Murchison took off without paying.
The car, driven by the 18-year-old, was
being operated in a reckless manner during
a pursuit in which police eventually laid
road spikes not far out of Springs Junction
The driver fled the vehicle after she stopped
but was arrested a short time later.
Mr Watson said the woman, from
Canterbury, was in custody in Greymouth
awaiting a court appearance today on two
charges of shoplifting, unlawfully taking
a motor vehicle, theft from a car, two
charges of failing to stop and two of reckless
She had been in the company of two other
people, who were travelling in a separate
vehicle. They were later stopped and arrested
near Culverden and would be facing similar
Young trio arrested after petrol drive-off
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