Debbie Porteous

Three remanded into CYF custody

Three 15-year-old Timaru youths who allegedly tried to evade police near Middlemarch for nearly six hours on Tuesday were remanded without plea into Child, Youth and Family custody when they appeared in court in Dunedin yesterday.

Tongan police officers in Dunedin

Tongan police officers in Dunedin

Having two staff members selected to provide ongoing assistance and advice to the Tongan police as part of a development programme between New Zealand, Australia and Tonga is a feather in the Southern police district's cap, says the district superintendent.

Mosgiel police warn of computer scam

A scam that has been operating in Australia and other parts of New Zealand for some months appears to have hit Mosgiel, where police have this week received reports from residents who received telephone cold-calls from companies wishing to check their "computer for viruses".

Causes of house fires still under investigation

Causes of house fires still under investigation

A fire safety investigator is still working through the causes of two accidental house fires in Dunedin in the past week.

Logging accident under scrutiny

The exact circumstances of an accident in which two logging contractors were seriously injured at Mt Allan, near Dunedin, yesterday, is being worked through by an inspector from the Department of Labour.

Alleged burger burglar arrested

A man has been arrested in relation to the burglary of Dunedin fast food restaurant Velvet Burger last month.

Constable Karl O'Dowda said police arrested the 27-year-old, who had been evading police for some time, in Dunedin yesterday.

The man would appear in the Dunedin District Court on Friday on a burglary charge.

Five Dunedin teens on drug charges

Five Dunedin teens on drug charges

Five young people are being dealt with in the courts after a police operation targeted teenage drug dealers in Dunedin.

Chance for proactive policing public input

The public will get their say on a restructuring of the Dunedin police service.

Transfer prisoners settle in

Eighty-seven Christchurch prisoners transferred to the Otago Corrections Facility are settling in for the long haul as the assessment of earthquake damage to Christchurch Men's Prison continues.

Name suppression changes signalled

New proposals to make it harder for the evidence and the names of accused and convicted people to be suppressed in court and easier to suppress the names of children and victims, signal the rebalancing of the intention of the law, an Otago law professor says.