Police seek flying fox thief

JANINE RANKIN AND KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 25/01/2013

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The flying fox at Palmerston North's Esplanade will be replaced, even if the stolen cable cannot be recovered, and the cost of new gear cannot be reclaimed.

The cable and harness from the popular piece of playground equipment went missing some time between Sunday night and Tuesday morning, sparking disappointment among playground visitors.

City council leisure assets officer Nicki Hanna, disheartened by the loss of the recently-overhauled flying fox, said the gear would definitely be restored.

However, the council would not get any help from its insurance policy, which carries a $10,000 excess on the outdoor equipment.

The estimated cost of replacing the stolen components is $5000.

In the meantime, police are appealing for public help to find the thieves who stole the flying fox.

Acting Senior Sergeant Phillip Ward said police were interested in hearing from anyone who was at the Esplanade between Sunday night and Tuesday morning, and saw anything suspicious. Given the weight and size of the items, it was likely the thief did not act alone, he said.

As the gates to the Esplanade are locked at night, Mr Ward said police were also interested in hearing from anyone who saw vehicles parked there, or at the Park Rd or Fitzherbert Ave entrances, in that time period.

If you have information, call Palmerston North police on 351 3600 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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