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Fijian Intimidation – Police Attacks – Date Rape Trial – Flood Damaged Cars –UK Teen Stabbing – Seal Branding – Sex Change Vicar

FIJIAN INTIMIDATION: The international focus may have gone off Fiji but the fear hasn’t gone for the Indian community. In the latest incident indigenous Fijians are captured on film firing rifles outside an Indian secondary school. No one was arrested. Phil Goff says he remains powerless to stop the Fijians from playing 7s rugby next year in Wellington. Another Indo-Fijian refugee camp has been opened. Refugees are getting no help from their government. They are surviving on charity. They can’t leave either.

POLICE ATTACKS: A 20-year-old man Martin Thomas has been charged with the attempted murder of two police officers with a machete. In Christchurch constable Shane Lacy has spoken to police but cannot remember being bashed in Twizel last Friday morning.

DATE RAPE: The Wellington date rape trial has heard today about the potency of spiked drinks. Today the court heard evidence from a bar manager at which the accused and his victim had been dancing. The court also heard expert evidence from a doctor who said that a victim of the drug alleged to have been used could not have made a rational decision under the influence of the drug.

FLOOD DAMAGED CARS: Buyers beware up to 700 flood damaged cars may be on their way to NZ. Around 140 flood damaged vehicles have already been listed on the LTSA website. Vehicle certifiers are refusing to handle the vehicles. While the cars can be tidied up they cannot be made safe. The LTSA is being asked to stop the vehicles.

UK TEEN STABBING: Britain is shocked at the out of control stabbing of a boy in South Auckland. The 11-year-old died in a stairwell. Three teenagers are being sought by police.

SEAL BRANDING: DOC has accepted that branding sea lions is an ugly look. It stopped the practice in April this year. Today a seal branded 169 arrived in Dunedin surprising onlookers.

SEX CHANGE VICAR: An English vicar has been the first to have a sex change. Peter Stone becomes Carol Stone with the blessing of the church. She said today she had no regrets. On Sunday the Reverend Stone will return to his parish. Some have already accepted the gender change.

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