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Police search for man after patrol car is rammed
Two Whangarei police officers were
lucky to escape injury after their
patrol car was allegedly repeatedly
rammed by a man in a stolen Subaru.
The incidents happened in the early
hours of Thursday morning and at
edition time police were still looking
for the offending car and its driver.
The car was a light blue Subaru
Impreza hatchback, registration
FGZ617, stolen from Mt Albert in
The driver, the car s sole occupant,
was described as a Pakeha man.
Detective sergeant Shane Pilmer
says the two officers were left shaken
but unhurt after the prolonged and
reckless assault on their vehicle.
The alleged incidents unfolded after
the Subaru was stolen from Mr Albert
in Auckland overnight. At about
5.45am on Thursday the car hit an
oncoming Toyota Camry as it overtook
a large truck on the Brynderwyns.
The occupants of the Camry were
Police found the Subaru as it pulled
into the Otaika Gull service station
but the driver reversed into the patrol
vehicle a number of times.
He then fled north along SH1
through Whangarei, driving on the
wrong side of the road in an attempt to
avoid the following patrol vehicle.
The driver went on to deliberately
ram the police vehicle with the two
officers trapped inside at the Central
Ave intersection. He then drove off
south along SH1 back towards the
Maunu Rd intersection.
Relay scores big for cancer
Relay revellers: The Golden Girls team are five-year veterans of the Relay for Life in
Photo: SAM COTTERILL-CRAIG
By DENISE PIPER
Go to whangareileader.co.nz --
click latest edition to see more
photos of the Relay for Life.
A momentous event has raised nearly
$100,000 for the Cancer Society while
acknowledging those who have battled
The Relay for Life in Whangarei this
year was the most successful one yet
with about 1100 people taking part.
Cancer Society Northland events co-
ordinator Paulette Scrooby says the
24-hour event continues to grow as
more people appreciate its many
Held at Otaika Sportspark on the
third Saturday in March, teams are
encouraged to do laps around the
It also includes an opening lap of
honour for cancer survivors plus a
candlelight ceremony for those who
have been lost to the disease.
Paulette says 66 teams registered,
including a number from other North-
The evening candlelight ceremony
was particularly well attended, she
For the first time ever we had the
front meeting the back and we needed
a longer or wider track.
With funds still coming in, the event
has raised $98,536, just shy of its
$100,000 goal. Paulette is confident
the goal will be reached.
Teams involved included business
teams and a group from North Haven
Hospice -- who deal with many ter-
minal cancer patients.
Barb Green, captain of a team called
the Green Team, says she had a great
Our whole team had a great
weekend, my sister is coming back
from Australia next year to take
It was great to be able to give back
to the Cancer Society for the support I
received during my cancer experience,
Corrections Taitokerau Community
Probation Services managers put in a
team after losing a close colleague,
Brian Williams, to cancer last year.
They raised more than $1600 with the
help of a few fun challenges.
Area manager Al Riach shaved his
hair while service manager Lance
Kennedy was challenged to grow his
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