News Briefs

00:06, Jul 11 2014

Arrest follows break-in

Police have arrested a man after hundreds of dollars was stolen from a Blenheim petrol station. Z Energy Service Station on Scott St about 11.40pm on Wednesday. Constable Dean Buckley, of Blenheim, said the back door was broken to gain entry. Police used security camera footage to track the alleged offender and arrested him about 11am yesterday. He was charged with burglary and will appear in Blenheim District Court.

DHB appointment

Dawn McConnell has been appointed to the board of Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. Consequently, she has stepped down from the board of Marlborough Primary Health Organisation. McConnell has been a board member for four years. She is also a director of Te Hauora Ngati Rarua and a trustee of Waikawa Marae.

Facing multiple charges

A 23-year-old man was remanded in custody until Monday when he appeared in the Blenheim District Court on 11 charges yesterday. Joseph Tony John Burt, of Riversdale, is charged with using a knife as a weapon after entering a property without authority and with intent to commit an imprisonable offence, possession of cannabis, possession of cannabis utensils, drink-driving on a zero-alcohol licence, dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, threatening to injure, assault, and three charges of stealing petrol. No plea was entered.


Bikes stolen

Two bicycles have been stolen from Blenheim in the past week. A bicycle was taken from a Hospital Rd property between June 30 and July 4. Police said the orange Diamond Back cycle had a Stock Cycle sticker on the frame. A white-and-black mountain bike was also stolen from a Dillons Point Rd property on Monday. Four tyres were slashed on a vehicle at a Burleigh Rd property between 6am and 7pm on Monday.

Sheep attack

A dead sheep was found in a Marlborough paddock on Sunday with its hind leg ripped off, police say. They were called by a Wairau Valley farmer who discovered the sheep.


The winner of tickets to see the movie Dawn of the Planet is Brad Barrett of Blenheim. Tickets can be collected at Top Town Cinemas. The winners of the Winters Tale DVD are D Davies, Mary Quinn and Jeanette Davies. The winner of The Captive Wife by Fiona Kidman is J Ashley. The winner of The Infinite Air by Fiona Kidman was N Dick. The DVDs and books can be collected from the Express office, Arthur St.

The Manawatu Standard