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Surfers, hunters flout Alert Level 4 rules

It was generally a good weekend for Alert Level 4 behaviour in this district although police have been receiving complaints from landowners about illegal hunting activity.

They have also had issues with the surfing fraternity.

“We've had an increasing number of complaints from farmers concerned about poaching and illegal hunting on their land,” Senior Sergeant Trent Higgs said.

Hunting of any kind remains forbidden under the Level 4 rules.

“We have increased our patrols in the areas where the activity has been taking place, and that's pretty much right across the district,” Sgt Higgs said.

Members of the surfing fraternity were out in force in violation of the Level 4 rules over the weekend.

“There were a lot of them out at Makorori yesterday and we issued a number of warnings.”

Infringement notices were issued to two people from the Bay of Plenty who were stopped by police coming into this region over the weekend.

“They were turned around and escorted back to the BoP.”

Sr Sgt Higgs said several assaults were reported in the city and district over the weekend.

“Our inquiries into those incidents continue.”

No further details on those incidents were available when The Herald went to print today.

“Apart from the incidents mentioned, behaviour has been good again across the district.”

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