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Excellent work by Central District Police

"Excellent work by Central District Police"

The following statement can be attributed to Detective Senior Sergeant Craig Sheridan, Manawatu Area Investigations Manager:

Police in Central District have arrested two offenders whose criminal behaviour was causing harm to the community.

The safety of the people in our community is of primary importance to Police, and we are committed to doing everything we can to hold offenders to account.

A 23-year-old Palmerston North man was arrested today and has been charged with aggravated robbery following the robbery of Trenton Minimart on 13 June.

The alleged offender is due to appear in Palmerston District Court tomorrow.

In this particular robbery, cigarettes and cash was targeted.

The Manawatu Area prevention team has visited a number of retail premises across the area to offer crime prevention advice.

Aggravated robbery is a serious crime and the effects on victims can be traumatic.

Nationwide Police are focusing on aggravated robberies with a three-pronged approach.

As well as focusing on catching offenders, we are working to prevent crime happening in the first place, and to understand the drivers of the rise in this crime type.

In other good news for the District;

A 46-year-old Bulls man has been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, following a planned search warrant on a Bulls address yesterday

Equipment which was allegedly involved with manufacturing methamphetamine has been seized and taken for forensic testing.

Methamphetamine is a very harmful and highly addictive drug, and it is a concern for Police why members of our community would even consider experimenting with or continue to use it when they know the serious consequences it can have – not only on them, but their family and wider community.

Because of the addictive nature of meth, some users do resort to crime in order to fund their habit.

This is most often linked to shoplifting and burglaries, with small and easily transferable commodities targeted.

If you have concerns about any person who is using or abusing drugs, the Drug Alcohol Helpline (0800 787 797 or alcoholdrughelp.org.nz) is a great place to seek information and support.

If you have information to report about the manufacture and supply of illicit drugs or any other crime, information can be reported anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 111 555.

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