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Police har vest
A Reefton man who was
grooming 71 cannabis plants in
scrub outside the town will nd the
plot vacant on his next visit. A man
who stumbled on the cache while
out on a walk reported it to police,
who last week harvested the entire
crop for the grower.
A Lotto ticket purchased at
Countdown Greymouth was
one of a dozen throughout New
Zealand to win $22,872 in the
second division prize in the draw
on Saturday. It was one of three
division two winners in the South
Island, the others being in Rangiora
with gra ti
A car that had been parked
in Chapel Street, Greymouth,
overnight had gra ti spray painted
on it. Police are investigating and
would like to hear from anyone who
may have witnessed the incident.
(Supplied by Nelson Weather Service)
e NZCC West Coast Rescue
Helicopter made multiple trips to
South Westland yesterday as the
hitchhiker assault drama unfolded.
It brought the two victims back,
individually, in late afternoon, and
headed back to Franz Josef Glacier
later on, transporting armed police
to the scene. It nally returned to
base at Greymouth just after 4am.
It is one of the most polluted
countries on earth. So it may come
as little surprise that the latest fad
in China is literally o ering its
city dwellers a breath of fresh air.
Numerous fresh air stations have
been set up in some of China's
most polluted cities. e stations
are stocked with individual air bags
which provide users with pollution-
free fresh air. And they have proved
to be a big hit with one air station
in Zhengzhou city in central
China's Henan province which was
inundated with visitors.
--- Daily Mail
Homicide linked to Coast
Viv Logie, Otago Daily Times
e man apprehended after a
ve-hour armed stando in South
Westland early this morning
following a vicious attack on two
female hitchhikers is also being
interviewed by police investigating
the Christchurch murder of a
24-year-old woman, whose body was
found stu ed in the boot of her car
at the weekend.
e hitchhikers, a 28-year-old
German and a 27-year-old of
Japanese and Dutch origin, are
recovering in Grey Base Hospital ---
one with knife wounds to her throat
and the other with pelvic injuries
--- after they had been picked up at
Whataroa, before apparently jumping
from the moving vehicle at Franz
Josef Glacier, 30km away.
e alleged assailant was later seen
heading south on State highway 6,
sparking a 90-minute police pursuit
in which the driver threw molotov
cocktails at the pursuing police cars.
In a major development, police
late this morning linked the
assault on the hitchhikers with the
Tasman police district commander
Superintendent Richard Chambers
visited the injured hitchhikers in
Grey Base Hospital this morning
and said they were still traumatised
by their ordeal, but relieved that the
man was in custody.
A ve-hour stando with armed
police at the Karangarua River
bridge, just south of Fox Glacier,
ended about 3am when the o ender
was nally arrested and taken back to
Greymouth for questioning. He also
had to be treated for dog bites.
Christchurch detectives headed
to Greymouth to interview the
man about both incidents, and he
was expected to appear in court
Detective Inspector Tom
Fitzgerald, of Christchurch police,
said the two incidents
"may be connected".
e body of Amy
Elizabeth Farrall, 24,
of Christchurch, was
found in the boot of her
car in a supermarket car
park in Woolston early
yesterday morning. By
afternoon police had
identi ed a vehicle of
interest in relation to
the homicide inquiry ---
that vehicle is believed
to be the same Nissan
Terrano involved in the
West Coast assault.
Chambers said they
were still piecing
together the South
"We are still not sure
what exactly went
on --- how the women
were injured or even
how they escaped their
assailant. One thing is
for sure --- the women
are very fortunate they
were found by passing
motorists so quickly
after making a quick
exit from the vehicle."
Franz Josef woman
Sue Hocken told the
Otago Daily Times last
night she saw a vehicle
travelling toward her
near Franz Josef village
about 4pm with its
passenger door ashing open, and
then two people being thrown or
jumping from the moving vehicle.
"I was just driving the car and the
passenger door was open on the
truck that was coming toward me,
then something fell out," Ms Hocken
Initially she thought is was a
backpack, or a rubbish bag, and she
turned around to investigate, nding
the two women lying motionless
beside the road.
As she was on the roadside she saw
the vehicle the women had been in,
drive back past her.
Ms Hocken was able to give police
a good description of the vehicle.
Roadblocks were set up and a
helicopter and plane put in the air to
search for it.
When police found the vehicle
about 8.30pm at Sugar Loaf Road,
Karangarua, the driver failed to stop
and a pursuit ensued, leaving police
to dodge aming molotov cocktails
thrown on the road.
At Paringa, south of Bruce Bay,
the eeing driver was stopped by a
further roadblock, spinning around
and heading north again until he was
eventually stopped at a roadblock
back at the Karangarua bridge at
Mr Chambers said armed police
surrounded the vehicle and began
negotiating with the driver, who had
doused himself, the vehicle, and the
surrounding area with petrol and was
holding a cigarette lighter.
Mr Chambers described the
situation as volatile.
Karangarua resident James Scott,
who lives about 1km away from the
scene of this morning's drama, said
they heard helicopters going back
"We could see the lights from here,"
Mr Scott said.
However, they knew that it was
serious and to keep away.
e Fox Glacier Volunteer Fire
Brigade was put on standby at
9.45pm to help the police.
Fire chief John Sullivan said there
were reports the alleged assailant was
going to set himself alight, but
in the end the brigade was not
called and was nally stood down at
e o ender was apprehended
about 700m to 800m north of the
Karangarua River bridge, near the
entrance to the Copland Track.
Police foresnsic sta remove the car at the centre of a homicide in Christchurch, and believed to be linked to the vicious assault on two hitchhikers at Franz Josef
Arrested man 'knew' ChCh
homicide victim, police say
e man police are talking to over a
Christchurch homicide and hitchhiker
assault knew the Christchurch victim,
police con rmed this morning.
e body of Christchurch woman
Amy Elizabeth Farrall, 24, was found in
the boot of her car at the Woolston New
World supermarket yesterday morning.
She had been reported missing by an
acquaintance on Saturday afternoon
and her car was found at the car park
Police today say it is too early to know
how or where Ms Farrall was killed.
A post-mortem examination was to be
carried out about midday today while
her family has asked for privacy.
Christchurch police investigating her
death travelled to the West Coast this
morning to interview a man arrested
after a vicious attack on two tourists.
Detective Inspector Tom Fitzgerald
said police believed the two incidents
may be connected.
Yesterday investigators identi ed a
vehicle of interest in relation to the
homicide inquiry. at vehicle was
also believed to have been involved in
the attack on two tourists on the West
Mr Fitzgerald said detectives from
Christchurch would be interviewing the
man today and over the coming days.
e vehicle found at Woolston
had been removed from the scene
and secured by police, and would be
forensically examined today.
A scene examination was continuing
at a Woolston address, where the victim
About 25 police o cers are involved in
the homicide probe.
At a press conference outside the
Christchurch Central Police Station
this morning, Mr Fitzgerald said Miss
Farrall was reported missing late on
Saturday afternoon by a friend.
e police believe the car had been at
the supermarket since about 10am on
He said the man was known to her but
would not con rm if they lived together,
or whether he was known to police.
Police have appealed for sightings
of her white Toyota Corolla and want
to hear from anyone who was at the
supermarket about 10am on Saturday.
West Coast tourist
Franz Josef Glacier was in shock
today over the brutal attack on
two hitchhikers there yesterday.
"Everyone is still trying to come
to grips with what has happened,"
Glacier Country Tourism deputy
chairman Wayne Costello said.
Others in the tourist town were
saying nothing today, referring
all comment through Mr
Costello, the local Department of
"We're shocked that this would
occur in our backyard and we are
just thinking about the two girls
and hoping they recover okay."
He said the community was
willing to help the two tourists in
any way it could: " e community
down here are very supportive
and are used to dealing with
He praised the action of the
police for apprehending the
perpetrator so swiftly.
Tourism West Coast chief
executive Jim Little expressed his
sympathy for the victims.
" ere's no question, this is not
the kind of thing we want. I feel
very sorry for the hitchhikers.
ey have trusted someone to
take them around."
He and Mr Costello assured
it was an isolated incident, and
expected any bad press about
the safety of the West Coast
as a travel destination to be
" is is not the sort of thing
we want for New Zealand or the
West Coast," Mr Little said.
Ł Police connect hitchhikers assault with body-in-boot Chch homicide
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