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Wednesday July 19, 2017

readers have their say... Find out the WORD on the Street. Question: How do you defeat midwinter depression?

Kevin Garrett, Johnsonville “Eat.”

Darrin Griffin, Churton Park “Go for a walk.”

Ciara Griffin, Churton Park “Get a hot pie.”

Sunny Makwana, Johnsonville “Playing with my cat.”

Paula Ann, Johnsonville “Going to the gym.”

Jarryd Low, Johnsonville “Exercise.”

EYE ON CRIME In Johnsonville a garden centre in Middleton Road was entered near the southern fence line. Seedling racks were trampled on to gain access. Rose bushes were targeted and some were dropped when exiting the fence. CCTV footage recorded the incident. The garage of a house in Fraser Avenue was broken into and a mountain bike was stolen. A flat in Johnsonville Road was entered by reaching through a small open window and opening a larger one to gain entry. A TV set and a DVD player were taken, exiting through the front door. Two burglaries, just hours apart, occurred at a retirement village

located on the Burma Road. The first took place at 3am when an offender was caught on camera in the side office area. A laptop, a power tool and battery were taken. It’s not clear how the robber entered. Later during the evening another burglary was carries out and entry was gained to the office by jemmying open the door. A sum of cash, clothing and tablet were stolen. CCTV footage is available. A burglar tried to enter a house in Sheridan Terrace by forcing the front door open. The door bears the marks of multiple attempts but it did not yield and the attempt was

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abandoned. In Newlands a Mazda stationwagon, parked unlocked for a period of 20 minutes in the driveway close to the front door of a house in Balmain Street, was entered and a laptop was stolen from the boot. In Miles Crescent a pair of gum boots was stolen from the doorstep at the rear of the house. It is understood that petty thieving has also occurred in nearby houses but not reported. In Khandallah a jemmied window gave access to a house in Box Hill which is currently under renovation. A garage remote was taken and used to open the door. Goods stored in the garage were rummaged but it is not known if anything was stolen. A Toyota Dyna flat deck truck parked locked overnight in Malda Grove was entered and a concrete breaker left on the passenger foot well was stolen. In Churton Park an offender smashed a bathroom window in an unsuccessful attempt at entry in Hawtrey Terrace. The

front door was then smashed open, splintering the door frame and dislodging the lock. This triggered the alarm and caused the offender to leave the house through the back door. An informant has provided a description of the offender. In Crofton Downs the owners of a house in Spencer Street were away and a neighbour who was looking after it heard noises coming from it around midday. On investigating they found a group of youths departing the scene. The offenders had gained access and had been eating and drinking and smoking inside the house. They had also made a mess. Bank cards were stolen and later used in Johnsonville at fastfood outlets and for petrol in Wellington. In Grenada Village entry was made to a commercial office in Aruba Street by smashing a kitchen window. The alarm was triggered. The petty cash cupboard was targeted and a cheque book and bank statements were stolen.

People’s Ambulance fundraiser launch The Wellington Free Ambulance will launch their People’s Ambulance fundraising campaign this week, supported by MPs, councillors, and volunteers. Every year Wellington Free Ambulance needs to find the money to replace six ambulances. “The People’s Ambulance campaign is all about putting an ambulance on the road in our community that is fundraised by the people, for the people,” Diane Livingston, head of fundraising and communications, said. “It’s our 90th birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with an ambulance that people will be able to recognise as

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something they have personally contributed to. To know that they have done something that literally helps save lives.” The launch will feature Ronogtai MP Annette King (Labour) and Deputy Mayor Paul Eagle pitching their coffee making skills against a paramedic and a 111 call taker. “How lucky are we to have the only ambulance service in the country that is free. That means having the freedom to call 111 in an emergency without worrying about how to pay for it. “If it weren’t for the support of the community, things would be very different,” Diane said. For more information visit wfa.org.nz.

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