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Dover Samuels May Have Been Falsely Accused – Accusers Stick To Story – Dover Samuels Q&A – Price Of Milk – Gas Explosion – Missing Trampers – Lucky Toy Radios – Deserting Major

DOVER SAMUELS MAY HAVE BEEN FALSELY ACCUSED: Considerable doubt thrown on allegations that Dover Samuels had sex with an underage girl 14 years ago. Dover Samuels says he will make no comments today when approached at his house. Meanwhile a family friend of the girl’s former foster mother tells TV3 that the young girl was still at school and with her foster mother until the age of 16. Her foster mother remembers her wanting a haircut for her 16th birthday. The witness says that the young woman only moved north to Samuels after she turned 16, seemingly contradicting the evidence from the family that pinpoints the time of conception as being between her 15th and 16th birthdays.

DOVER SAMUELS ACCUSER: The family at the centre of the allegations meanwhile say they are sticking to their story. The political future of Samuels now rests on a police investigation. The accuser Mr Tregerthan says he doesn’t know anything about the girl not moving to Samuel’s home till she was 16. He says he believes what he has been told by the woman. A senior police officer has been appointed to investigate the case. The inquiry is expected to take two weeks. Meanwhile Richard Prebble says he was duty bound to pass on the allegations. Many of Maori MPs in Parliament are however still accusing ACT of a racist smear attack. The Police are expected to start on the documentary evidence and then move on to interviewing witnesses.

DOVER SAMUELS: (John Campbell) Q: Does it hinge on the girl being under 16? (Stephen Parker) A: There is another aspect to the Crimes Act, I am not saying Mr Samuels is guilty of anything, but the Crimes Act says that anyone who is in the care of a guardian up to the age of 20 is not allowed to have sex with their de-facto parent.

MILK PRICE INCREASE: A five cent increase in the price of a litre of milk is expected to follow from the high returns on exported milk. Mainland says the rising cost of packaging and fuel is expected to lead to a 3% price rise. Anchor says it is also reviewing it’s the price of its milk. The move is expected to put more pressure on the Reserve Bank to raise interest rates.

GAS EXPLOSION: Flames more than two stories high come from a gas main fire and explosion. Workers made a lucky escape while working on the gas main. Fire officer says that it was lucky there were no casualties. Family shocked by experience of having to get out of their house.

MISSING TRAMPERS: Fifty searchers stepped up the search today for two trampers who went missing in the Tararua ranges.

LUCKY TOYS: Boys with toy two-way radios hear calls for help from two climbers stuck on Mt Hood in Oregon. The radios have a range of two miles and should not have heard the distress call from over 80 miles away. One of the boys now wants to become a rescuer.

DESERTING MAJOR: An arrested Army Major accused of desertion may be held for three weeks in custody. The Minister has asked for the matter to be resolved quickly. Sources in the army describe the detention as a farce.

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