Three SIT students robbed at knifepoint

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 05:00 02/06/2014

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Car crashes and a robbery at knifepoint were just some of the incidents that kept southern emergency services busy at the weekend.

Detective Don Ward, of Invercargill, said police were investigating the aggravated robbery of three Southern Institute of Technology students on Saturday night.

The incident, in Elles Rd between the skate park and Forth St, happened between 7pm and 7.30pm, Ward said.

The three offenders approached the students and allegedly presented knives at them and stole property.

The students were not physically injured but were being supported by police and Victim Support. Anyone in the area at the time was asked to contact police on (03) 2171657.

Senior Sergeant Brian Benn, of Southern district command centre, said there were more crashes than usual in the southern region during the weekend.

Most of the incidents happened on Saturday.

An Invercargill driver crashed into a cabbage tree and power pole in Regent St at 6.18am and was processed for drink-driving along with another driver, who crashed in Isabella St, at 1.07am, Benn said.

Two cars collided in Main St in Gore, while, in Fortrose, a farm truck was stolen and later found in a ditch.

Three cars rolled in separate incidents in Central Otago: two in Alexandra and one in Lake Hawea-Albert Town Rd.

Ice on Central Otago roads caused one driver to skid and crash into rocks on the Kawarau Gorge Road and another to crash into a ditch on the Glenorchy-Queenstown Road.

Yesterday, emergency services attended another crash on the Kawarau Gorge Road near Cromwell.

The sole vehicle slid on ice and hit a power pole at 8.36am.

About 9.35am yesterday, there was a two-car crash in Lyon St in Invercargill. Earlier, a driver was processed for drink-driving following a two-car crash in Nith St in the city at 1.05am.

None of the drivers or passengers involved in the crashes suffered serious injury, Benn said.

Meanwhile, a house near Wallacetown was significantly damaged by fire early on Saturday.

Ward said it was believed to have been an electrical fire and the house was unoccupied.

Fire southern communications shift manager Brent Dunn said fire services were called to the fire, in Argyle-Otahuti Rd, about 4am.

The house was well ablaze when the five fire crews arrived, he said.

The fire was extinguished within about hour.

Meanwhile, an ambulance southern communications spokeswoman confirmed that a woman who was involved in a quad bike incident on a farm on the Benmore-Otapiri Road on Friday afternoon had suffered back and leg injuries.

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The woman was flown by helicopter to Southland Hospital.

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