Top five stories of the week

00:03, May 22 2012
Matthew Devlin-Warren
FOUND: Matthew Devlin-Warren disappeared from his home about a month ago but has since been located by police.

Last week's most read stories included a charity store fed up with a phantom flytipper leaving nasty surprises behind their building and walkers complaining about cyclists being rude and aggressive on the shared Manawatu riverside walkway.

1. Car crash near Levin

A motorhome and a truck collided south of Levin on May 14. Trevor Samuel Sturgess, 83, of Masterton, died at the scene of the crash, which took place at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Kimberley Rd, about 1.10pm. Mr Sturgess' female passenger was seriously injured and taken to Palmerston North Hospital. 

Dumped at charity store
Human faeces are being deposited regularly at the back door of a Palmerston North charity shop, leaving staff such as Jennie Lewer to clean it up.

2. Missing: Have you seen this boy?

Police turned to the media to help them find Matthew Devlin-Warren, 15, who had been missing for a month. He may have been missing, but Matthew still found time to check his Facebook profile. The story was published on Monday, May 14, and by Thursday police had found Mathew -- thanks largely to tipoffs from the public.

3. Cyclists run foul of city's walkers 


In a story that captured our readers, fast and aggressive cyclists were accused of driving pedestrians off the Manawatu riverside walkway and cycle paths. Cyclists and pedestrians were divided with cyclists  claiming it was, in fact, the walkers who were the true culprits.

4. Charity staff sick of nasty surprises

It was a sordid tale of a phantom flytipper who had a penchant for using the back area of the Arohanui Hospice shop as his or her personal rubbish tip and, in some cases, toilet. In the hopes of catching whoever was behind it, Hospice store manager Jennie Lewer said security cameras would be installed.

5. Man's body pulled from submerged truck

Richard Warren Tonneycliffe, aged 47, was reported missing by his wife when he failed to return home to Taihape on May 14. On Tuesday, a truck driver noticed marks on the Napier-Taihape Road, about a kilometre downstream from the Springvale Bridge, where he saw a truck submerged in the river. Mr Tonneycliffe's body was pulled from the wreckage later that day. Mr Tonneycliffe had recently moved from the Foxton-Levin area to Taihape.

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