Two days in police life…

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Police are often on the receiving end of suggestions they are not there when needed – and Facebook warriors frequently take to their keyboards rather than the telephone to report crime. We look at a snapshot of two days’ police work in Cambridge – last Friday and Saturday — to show the benefits of alerting police to crime. We’ve decided to present this run down as police describe it.


On Friday 13th November 2020, Police were alerted to an intoxicated male whose behaviour on Hautapu Road was of concern to the local school and residents.

Hautapu School went into lockdown for a short time as a precaution. Police quickly located the male unconscious in a nearby paddock. He was detained and taken to Hamilton Central Police station for detox.

In the early hours of Saturday 14th November 2020, two small fires were lit at Cambridge Middle School. Neither caused significant damage to any buildings.

Police have identified the person responsible and are currently working to locate that person.

In the early hours of Saturday 14th November 2020, Police received a report of a vehicle driving at speed around Burns Street, Leamington. The driver subsequently lost control and crashed into a vehicle parked in the driveway of a nearby house, causing damage to both the vehicle and a letterbox. Police units responded, conducted a search of the local area and quickly located the vehicle a short distance away.

The driver was identified and processed for drink driving. He has been charged with driving with excess breath alcohol along with careless driving and will appear in court.

Last weekend, 13 and 14th November 2020, seven vehicles in the Leamington area were targeted in a late-night theft ex car and wilful damage spree.

Police conducted enquiries, aided by information provided by the local community. They have identified the persons responsible and are in the process of holding them accountable.

Cambridge Police Sergeant, Ben Joll said; “I would like to thank the community for their co-operation which ensured the offenders for these crimes were quickly identified. I encourage anyone with information of a crime to approach Police and not to take matters into their own hands.”

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