Kapiti Observer : August 11th 2011
1 THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011 Your community partner for more than 60 years THURSDAY, AUGUST 11, 2011 IN BRIEF Crying fowl, page 3 In honour of Billy T, page 4 A tissue, page 9 INSIDE Temper check A Paraparaumu man was arrested on Saturday in relation to an assault in June, sparked by a road rage incident in Paraparaumu Beach. Acting Sergeant Nathan Dickie said the 46-year-old man had been driving at the roundabout on Kapiti and Ocean Rd, when a 17-year-old male in the car in front pulled the fingers at him. The older man then pulled in front of the teenager, stopping both cars, and when the driver got out he allegedly hit the teenager in the face, knocking him unconscious. The teenager was taken to Wellington Hospital and received five stitches on his face. Mr Dickie said the man has been charged with assault with intent to injure, and was to appear in Porirua District Court this week. Editorial (04) 298 5019 -- Advertising (04) 298 5019 -- Fax (04) 298 2073 -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- www.kapitiobserver.co.nz Kids present during drugs,weapon raid Gun haul: Constable Gareth Kearney with a collection of guns found in drug raids, the majority from two Paraparaumu houses. Photo: DOMINION POST By JOEL MAXWELL ' We will take a zero tolerance approach to those circumstances where we find children, drugs and firearms -- because obviously the potential for things to go wrong is very, very high when you get a lethal mix of those items. ' Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson Drugs, handguns and children form a lethal mix'' in a Parapara- umu subculture revealed during a police operation that swept across the region last week. Four Paraparaumu houses were raided during Operation Taipan on Wednesday -- with firearms or drugs found in all of them. Chil- dren were present in three. Detective Inspector Darrin Thomson said about 10 firearms were found in one house, includ- ing three loaded revolvers and a cache of rifles. Two firearms were found in a second house during the sweep that left two Kapiti men and a woman facing a raft of firearms, and cannabis and methampheta- mine supply charges. As about 40 officers, including the armed offenders squad, made their way into the houses they found preschool to school-aged children in both homes where firearms were uncovered. We will take a zero tolerance approach to those circumstances where we find children, drugs and firearms -- because obviously the potential for things to go wrong is very, very high when you get a lethal mix of those items,'' Mr Thomson said. Police had made the relevant referrals'' to Child, Youth and Family following the discoveries. He said police were tipped off to drug activity at the houses by community intelligence''. People are sick and tired of seeing people rolling up to addresses and purchasing drugs.'' Police made a thorough risk assessment'' of the houses before the raids, Mr Thomson said. The other thing is that we take appropriately equipped staff -- so if we believe firearms are at the address we're always going to have armed staff to execute a war- rant and gain control.'' Mr Thomson said an investi- gation was under way into how the handguns were obtained, which would take some time to complete''. Police were not aware of any gang links to the operations at the houses involved in the raids. Mr Thomson would not name the streets where the houses are located but said they were spread across Paraparaumu. The three-day operation included Porirua and Wellington city, with 16 arrests overall. Other finds in the raids included a hydroponic cannabis operation in Churton Park, with 50 plants, cash and methamphet- amine found at the address. Operation Taipan was part of an ongoing crackdown on drug houses across the region, Mr Thomson said. From our perspective, we're encouraging the public to come forward to your local police station and tell us about drug houses in their neighbourhood.'' Mr Thomson said he hoped the raids gave the community confi- dence that police take the problem seriously.
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