A weekend of crime
Two serious assaults, several burglaries, a burnt-out car, domestic abuse and drunk drivers were among the incidents that kept Timaru police busy at the weekend.
The first serious assault was at 2am yesterday outside licensed premises in Stafford St after two men had been ejected. It was alleged one of the men knocked the other to the ground.
A 23-year-old man was arrested and placed in a police vehicle. While an officer was talking to witnesses a female associate of the arrested man unlocked the car allowing him to escape. Last night he was still at large.
At 2.30am a 21-year-old man was assaulted on the corner of Stafford and George streets in an unprovoked attack by two men to whom he had been talking.
He refused hospital treatment despite facial swelling and bleeding.
A 19-year-old man alleged to be involved in the assault was wrestled to the ground by police who were nearby and his 23-year-old associate ran off north along the railway lines and was caught a short time later near Marine Pde.
The men were in police custody and were to appear in the Timaru District Court today .
Timaru police and the fire service attended a burnt-out Ford Falcon in Station Rd at 11.30pm on Saturday. Inquiries are continuing to confirm the cause of the fire, which is being treated as suspicious. The vehicle was empty and there were no injuries reported.
Yesterday afternoon four police cars, with lights flashing, were seen heading for Waimate. There police dealt with a domestic incident but no one was arrested.
Among weekend burglaries was one in Preston St where a home was entered while the owners were out.
A small amount of money was stolen.
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