Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Dozens of arrests in Hamilton robbery investigation

Whole of policing approach leads to dozens of arrests in Hamilton robbery investigation

Reflecting on a large number of arrests following an investigation into a series of aggravated robberies across Hamilton, a senior Waikato Police officer is crediting investigators for their dogged determination.

District Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Karl Thornton, said a large team of Police staff conducted several searches of properties around Hamilton from first light this morning.

"The searches were part of the termination phase of Operation Ollivier, a two-month long investigation into seven aggravated robberies which involved the use of firearms earlier this year which included the robbery of the Frankton TAB in April and the Still Working Bar in May.

"So far 20 people have been arrested including five females and face a variety of charges including three men charged with attempted murder and this trio and two other men have also been charged with being members of an organised criminal group."

Others facing prosecution include six juveniles arrested for an aggravated robbery on Hamilton's Holland Rd and three offenders arrested for robberies in the Coromandel.

Mr Thornton said a variety of weapons were recovered in the searches of 15 properties including two BB guns, two rifles and two shotguns.

"Because of the serious nature of the offences and the risks posed to the public, the searches were conducted with the assistance of the Waikato Armed Offenders Squad and the recovery of the firearms indicates those safety concerns were well justified.

"Enquiries are still continuing into the robberies and Police have not ruled out further arrests or charges."

Describing today's events as a major success, Mr Thornton said today's results spoke volumes of the Police tactics of applying a whole of policing approach to serious crime.

"Offenders need to know that under the Prevention First and Policing Excellence models Police are able to apply a whole of District response to serious crime.

"The Op Ollivier investigation team involved 15 investigators from across the Waikato Police District supported by a large number of other specialist staff and all those involved should take a lot of pride in delivering such a strong result to the Waikato public."

End

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Govt’s Token Plans For Cyber-Security

Basically, the world is divided into two types of people: those who think the Panama Papers illustrate the bad shit that some people do, and those who think the Panama Papers illustrate what needs to be done to make sure no-one else discovers the shit – good or bad – that they’re doing. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac’s Grudging Concession To Reality

Is this any way to run a health system… whereby terminally ill patients are forced into public demonstrations before the government (and its funding agency Pharmac) will grudgingly provide the money for life-saving treatments freely available and publically funded in Australia for the best part of a year? More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Healthy Homes Bill Passes First Reading

Some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable children and families are on their way towards safer living conditions with the passing of the first reading of the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill in Parliament last night, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Satire: Home, And A Way

The one thing even more popular than an Auckland house is offering advice on how to afford an Auckland house. So, on the grounds it can’t be worse than some of the stuff that’s out there, here’s my three cents* worth. [*Up 50% since 2013!] More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news