Six arrested for raiding supermarket skip

Last updated 13:30 13/12/2013
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Several young foreigners have been arrested after being caught taking expired food from a supermarket skip in Blenheim.

Police-dog handlers caught the six men, all in their 20s, as they were breaking into locked rubbish bins at a Pak'n Save supermarket in Blenheim.

Constable Andrew Holdaway said the dog handlers happened to be training nearby when they heard noises coming from behind the supermarket about 10.45pm on Wednesday.

The men were from China, France, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Pak'n Save co-owner Andrea Boock said this was the first time anyone had been caught breaking into the food bins.

Yvonne Dasler, the convener of food charity John's Kitchen in Blenheim, said a lot of young men coming to Marlborough for seasonal work were finding they could not afford to eat.

She had seen young Europeans come into the community kitchen so hungry that they would rip off a chunk of bread from a loaf and start chewing it straight away. Some told her they had not eaten anything since the day before, she said.

The increase in foreigners coming to John's Kitchen had been very noticeable since the start of summer started, Dasler said.

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- The Marlborough Express


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