Water tank nicked from Rapaki Track

Thieves have stolen a hillside 10,000-litre water-storage tank used by Civil Defence and the Fire Service for emergencies.

The Christchurch City Council-owned tank was stolen from the corner of the Rapaki Track and the Summit Road, in Hillsborough, between Friday, July 19, and Monday, July 22.

It is believed the thieves used a hydraulic lift arm to pick up the tank and place it on the back of a truck.

"This water tank is a vital part of the community infrastructure and is an essential tool for Civil Defence and the Fire Service in emergency situations,'' a city council spokesman said.

The theft had been reported to the police, and anyone with information is asked to call the police on (03) 363 7400.

The Fire Service has tackled several major fires along the Summit Rd including one in March where much of the Mt Vernon hillside, above the Rapaki Track, went up in flames.

The Press