This week's top five

Last updated 07:00 18/08/2012
Boy racers
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Despite the possibility of having their cars crushed, boy racers are still taking to Palmerston North streets.
Tesh gallagher
TESH GALLAGHER: A vivacious brunette with deep brown eyes and a cheeky smile.

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1. Woman killed by train in Dannevirke

A woman died after she was hit by a train near Dannevirke on Monday night. She was Barbara Jane Gawn, 52.

Police said Ms Gawn, who had recently moved to Dannevirke, was lying on the tracks when she was hit. Her death was not being treated as suspicious.

Senior Sergeant Tony LeSueur said the death was being treated as a suspected suicide and had been referred to the coroner.

2. Downpour causes surface flooding

A sudden downpour at midday on Monday left some Palmerston North streets underwater. The rapid downfall also caused some businesses with the hectic task of trying to keep the water out. Not to fear though, the rain soon abated and all was well again.

3. Potentially deadly disease strikes region

On Tuesday, the Manawatu Standard reported three cases of meningococcal disease had been recorded in the MidCentral health region in the past three weeks. In Friday’s paper, we featured the story of 18-year-old Levin woman Letitia (Tesh) Gallagher, who died suddenly of meningitis last month. Her parents, Mark and Lisa Gallagher, warned young people about the potentially deadly impact of meningitis.

4. Visitors causing trouble for police

Boys and their toys, or more aptly, boys and their fast cars. Palmerston North police have reported a recent surge in boy-racers cruising in the city’s streets as hordes of them travel from as far as Wellington.

5. Burger King scouts location

Burger King is looking at opening a third store in Palmerston North, Hairo’s Hairdressing is set to expand and Wally Warners Bar and Bistro, at the Awapuni shopping centre in College St, is for sale.


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- Manawatu Standard

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