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Fire ghters quick
off the mark
Fire Ser vice re safety o cers
and the police are looking into
a suspicious car re in Cobden
last night. Cobden Volunteer
Fire Brigade chief re o cer
Gary Pollock said the brigade
was "very quick" to the blazing
Nissan Primera, in Hall Street, as
re ghters were still at the station,
having just completed their monthly
police want to
identify this man
in relation to the
theft of tobacco,
papers and lters
Takeaways on Friday afternoon. A
man, aged about 30, entered the
shop and requested the items and
when the shop assistant's back was
turned he grabbed the items o the
counter and ran o , heading toward
Nelson Quay. Police searched
the area but without success. He
is described as European, about
183cm tall, with a short ginger
beard. He was wearing blue
waterproof trousers, a blue jacket
and a blue woollen hat with a thick
green stripe through it.
When the police come knocking
at a suspected drug den, you would
not necessarily expect them to leave
a polite calling card. But that is
exactly what happened when o cers
left a light-hearted note informing
the occupant of a property they had
raided that they had "no cannabis
left" after 72 plants were discovered.
O cers from Greater Manchester
Police kicked down the door of the
house in Worsley, Salford, during
the raid, but found nobody was in
the property. A photo of the note
was then posted on the GMP
Salford West Twitter feed along
with the message: "We've kicked in
a door in Worsley, got 72 cannabis
plants, nobody home. Left a note.
GMP, keeping you in the loop."|
--- Daily Mail
Mostly fine, patchy cloud early
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
Greymouth Star On-line
ere is still no sign of a Christchurch
man who was last seen near the
Blaketown tiphead on March 9.
Kurt Green, 30, travelled to Greymouth
with friends on Saturday, March 8
-- the day of the Hokitika Wildfoods
Festival -- staying with their friends in
Blaketown. He was last seen the next day
heading toward the tiphead and beach.
ose involved in a beach clean-up last
week found a wallet and shoes and socks
near the entrance to the beach at the end
of Rigg Street. ey were handed to the
police and later con rmed as belonging
to Mr Green.
A police search and rescue team and
volunteers today began an intense search
of the area.
Search and rescue co-ordinator senior
constable Mike Tinnelly said the area
of beach from Westroads to the tiphead
would be searched.
"We will be searching the beach area,
along the West Coast Wilderness cycle
trail, and scrub surrounding the area,"
Mr Tinnelly said.
He suggested that Mr Green may have
gone for a swim and got into di culty.
Police area commander Inspector John
Canning said all scenarios were being
"Mr Green came to Greymouth with
friends, and for whatever reason those
friends headed back to Christchurch on
Sunday without him," Mr Canning said.
Beaches north of the Grey River would
also be searched, he said.
"If anyone has information about Mr
Green and his whereabouts they should
contact police immediately --- we need
to know that he is safe."
Acting detective senior sergeant Sarah
Ellington, of Christchurch police, said
this morning Mr Green's disappearance
was being treated as that of a missing
"Today our focus is the search along the
beach, in an attempt to nd something
that will help us locate him," she said.
PICTURE: Viv Logie
Greymouth police search and rescue co-ordinator Mike Tinnelly speaks to search volunteers this morning before scouring Blaketown beach for signs
of missing Christchurch man, Kurt Green.
Arthur's Pass accidents
stretch emergency services
Helicopters, re engines and
ambulances converged on the
Arthur's Pass area yesterday
afternoon in answer to skiing and
e NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter was summoned to y to
the Temple Basin ski eld to pick up
a boy who had injured a shoulder
in a steep fall. e Westpac Rescue
Helicopter from Christchurch had
earlier attempted to get to the boy
but was hampered by low cloud
cover. Instead it dropped o a
paramedic at the car park and then
turned back to Arthur's Pass to wait
for the patient to be carried down
While this was happening there
was a two-car collision at Castle
Hill, resulting in the Christchurch
helicopter being diverted there to
collect a man who had been cut out
of a van by members of the Dar eld
Volunteer Fire Brigade. He was
own to Christchurch Hospital.
e West Coast helicopter was
then dispatched back to Temple
Basin to pick up the skier, but pilot
Angus Taylor said it was apparent
on reaching the Otira Viaduct that
it would be too cloudy for a landing,
so he turned back.
A St John ambulance and a NZ
Army ambulance were waiting
below the ski eld.
" e boy, who had been carried
down from Temple Basin on a
stretcher, was then taken by road to
Christchurch Hospital, so it would
have been a long journey for him,"
Mr Taylor said. Coast milk chief in China
Westland Milk Products chief executive
Rod Quin is in China this week as part
of a deputation led by Prime Minister
John Key as New Zealand tries to put
to rest doubts over milk contamination
Soon after the Fonterra botulism scare
--- which was a false alarm --- Westland
Milk revealed that a consignment of
lactoferrin powder with elevated nitrate
levels had been exported to China from
the Hokitika dairy factory.
Mr Key will meet both President Xi
Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang as he
tries to smooth things over.
Mr Quin told Newstalk ZB this
morning it was "signi cant" that the
Prime Minister visited China, and
the goodwill the trip was expected to
generate would " ow down through the
Exports to China make up 20% of
Westland Milk's business.
Mr Quin said everything was back on
track now after the disruption of last
"At the time it was signi cant," he said.
Its customers had led it through the
contamination scare to get product
cleared, and ensure it owed across the
border. Asked about the potential of
China for dairy products, Mr Quin said
it was about "how much do we want
to put into China ... it's that big and
growing that fast".
Meanwhile, Chinese o cials visited
the Hokitika factory on Sunday as
part of an audit of New Zealand dairy
factories. Westland Milk declined to
comment on how it went.
Otira locos head north
Tranz Alpine passengers are being
bused around the Otira Tunnel once
more as Kiwi Rail redeploys trains to
the North Island.
e locomotives that would
normally tow the passenger
carriages through the tunnel have
been "redeployed" to the North
Island, where 40 Chinese-built
freight trains have been taken out of
service after they were found to have
In the meantime, other locomotives
were required to take the Tranz
Alpine passenger service from
Christchurch to Greymouth.
"As of March 6, Kiwi Rail has
been temporarily bus transferring
passengers for the 14km between
Arthur's Pass and Otira in both
directions, rather than going through
the Otira Tunnel by train," Kiwi Rail
passenger general manager Deborah
e DX locomotives --- only
recently specially equipped with
engine bay re suppression
equipment for use in the tunnel ---
had been sent to Kiwi Rail Freight,
in the North Island, she said.
at meant the locomotives left to
tow the Tranz Alpine did not have
re suppression equipment on board.
"With the withdrawal of the DL
locomotives, Kiwi Rail's focus has
been on operating key scheduled
services and prioritising critical
freight loadings. Additional
locomotives, including the DX
locomotives, have therefore been
moved from the South Island to the
North Island to support this e ort,"
Ms Hume said.
Last year, safety concerns in the
event of a re in the Otira Tunnel
forced the rail operator to bus
passengers around the tunnel for four
months while it tted suppression
equipment to its trains.
Ms Hume said Kiwi Rail expected
it would be a short-term interim
measure until the DL locomotives
returned to service on the West
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