Police kept busy on long weekend

Last updated 13:12 23/01/2013

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Wellington Anniversary wasn't a holiday for police, who arrested more than 30 people during the long weekend.

Offences included a firework being thrown into a car.

Acting Senior Sergeant Phil Ward said the 37 arrests were made for a variety of offences, including disorder and breach of the liquor ban.

Arrests had been averaging about 30 a weekend for the past few weeks, he said.

Last week, reports of burglaries, which rose after Christmas as people returned home from their holidays to find their homes had been burgled, plateaued.

During that week three men were arrested in separate incidents, largely thanks to neighbours.

In one case, a 60-year-old man had been breaking into a car, and a neighbour of the home where the car was detained him and police were called.

In Feilding, police were called to asupermarket when a firework was thrown into a car parked outside Countdown on Monday afternoon.

Sergeant David Burmeister said a teenage girl was in the passenger seat waiting for her mother, who was inside the supermarket.

The firework, a round one that shoots sparks, was thrown through an open window.

It landed on the car's dashboard, "scaring the heck" out of the girl, he said. The firework was thrown by a man driving a white, lowered, Mitsubishi Lancer.

Mr Burmiester said police believed the incident to be random, rather than targeted toward the girl.

On Saturday, a 23-year-old man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with leg injuries after crashing his car through a fence in Green Rd, shortly before 4am.

Feilding police would like to hear from anyone with information about the firework thrown into the car.

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