TV1 News, 6pm Bulletin
America’s Cup Sabotage – Seaman Rescue – Incis Inquiry – ‘Screwdriver’ Gang – Cocaine Haul – Peter Ellis – Airline Crash – Road Toll – Graff In NZ
AMERICA’S CUP SABOTAGE: The top story for TV1 news is a report of possible sabotage into the America’s Cup, as the police investigate vandalism on a sophisticated weather buoy which provides vital information for the AmericaOne challenging team. Vandals, who seemed to know what they were doing, are believed to have used a screwdriver to destroy the buoy, sold to the challenging team, by NZ environmental research institute NIWA.
SEAMAN RESCUE: There has been a dramatic sea rescue of a seriously injured seaman from a commercial ship near the Bay of Islands. The man is now in a serious condition in an Auckland hospital. A ship spokesperson would not say how the man injured himself, though he is believed to have fallen.
INCIS INQUIRY: The Justice Minister has said he will replace a Commission of Inquiry into the Police computer system INCIS with a Ministerial Inquiry. Phil Goff says he made the change so as not to spend tax-payer’s money on expensive lawyers, and put “good money after bad”.
‘SCREWDRIVER’ GANG: The lawyer representing Auckland’s notorious “screwdriver” bank robbery gang says he believes the trio are now willing to give themselves up. The gang are believed to have robbed over five banks in the Auckland region and are still on the loose. Police have asked the lawyer to negotiate with the fugitives who are said to fear for their safety.
COCAINE HAUL: Australian police have found over 200 million dollars of cocaine on a yacht near the Australian Coast. A New Zealander is one of the crew members arrested.
PETER ELLIS: Convicted child molester Peter Ellis is due to be freed from Christchurch Prison tomorrow and vows to continue the fight to prove his innocence.
AIRLINE CRASH: An American airliner has crashed into the seas of California near Los Angeles with over 200 people on board. There are not believed to be any survivors from the Alaska Airlines’ flight which shattered on impact with the ocean, although some bodies have been found. The jet’s crew had reported mechanical difficulties and requested to land at Los Angeles before the crash. The second major crash in two days, TV1 news reports rescuers in central Africa have abandoned the search for survivors in the Kenyan airlines crash
ROAD TOLL: This month’s road toll is the equal lowest since results began being collected in 1965. Police say the lower road toll is due to better driving attitudes and better designed roads.
GRAFF IN NZ: Champion tennis player Steffi Graff is due to arrive in New Zealand for two exhibition matches. However, her boyfriend world champion Andre Agassi will not be coming with her, as he has Davis Cup commitments in Zimbabwe.