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Arson investigation at suspected meth lab

Arson investigation at suspected meth lab


A police investigation is continuing today into what was initially suspected on Wednesday evening to be the arson of a rural dwelling near Thornton, a small coastal settlement just outside Whakatane.

The investigation took a twist in the early hours of Thursday morning when the person securing the scene was confronted and assaulted suffering minor injuries.

Police and Fire Safety investigators have now identified evidence indicating the dwelling has been used for the possible manufacture of methamphetamine.

Two local men, aged 32 and 30, have since been arrested on aggravated robbery charges relating to the assault and will appear in the Whakatane District Court today.

The investigation and examination of the scene is continuing today with the support of the Clan Lab Team and Fire Safety investigators.

Police would like to speak to anyone who may have seen vehicles in the Thornton area on Wednesday, 28 May late in the evening or in the early hours of Thursday, 29 May. The fire was reported to police at approximately 5pm on Wednesday. You can contact the Whakatane Police on 07 308 5255. Information can also be provided anonymously to the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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