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Sunk car may be linked to missing man

Wellington Recreational divers have discovered a car submerged in Nelson's harbour and it may be linked with the disappearance of a local teen seven years ago. The divers discovered the vehicle off Wakefield Quay on Monday afternoon, Inspector Mat Arnold Kelly said. It will be recovered today and police divers will also search the harbour. Police were looking at the possibility it was...

Former Coaster new National Party electorate chairman

Former West Coaster Boyd Becker has been elected the new West Coast-Tasman electorate chairman for the National Party, and Greymouth man Rory Paterson to the same position with the Labour Party. The National Party held its electorate annual general meeting in Murchison at the weekend. Greymouth woman Anne Chapman stepped down as chairwoman, and electorate secretary; Mr Becker took her place. National...

Police car in collision

Wellington A marked police car has collided with a car driven by an elderly woman in Lower Hutt. The woman was taken to Hutt Hospital as a precaution and the driver of the police car was not injured, police said. The serious crash unit is investigating the accident which happened on the corner of High Street and Daysh Street at 9.45am on...

11 die in Russian metro blast

St Petersburg (Russia) Eleven people were killed and more than 45 were injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in a St Petersburg metro tunnel early today in what authorities called a probable terrorist attack Russian news media said police were searching for a man recorded on surveillance cameras who was thought to have been involved in the attack,...

Three NZ swimmers reach world champs

Wellington The New Zealand Open championships have started on a high in Auckland, with three swimmers going under world championships qualifying times. Rio Olympians Helena Gasson, Corey Main and Emma Robinson are eligible to compete at the July championships in Budapest following stand-out swims yesterday. Gasson was first to tick the box, doing so in the morning heats for the 50m butterfly. The...

McCartney wins Aussie pole vault

Wellington Eliza McCartney failed to scale the same heights as earlier in the summer but did enough to clinch the pole vault honours at the Australian athletics championships. Olympic bronze medal-winning New Zealander McCartney cleared 4.50m to finish 20cm clear of the field at Sydney Olympic Park. However, the 20-year-old failed in all three attempts at 4.70m. It is five weeks since...

Wellington building coming down

Wellington A 10-storey office building in Wellington is to be demolished, more than five months after the initial quake, the building owner spokesman says. Revera House, on Mulgrave Street, was damaged during the November Kaikoura earthquake and was "too expensive to repair", Mark Crosswell told RNZ. The building, formerly home to the Education Review Office, would cost just as much to repair...

British drone spying, nuisance incidents soar

London Police in Britain are being flooded with reports about drones after a dramatic surge in incidents sparked by the devices, an investigation reveals. The flying gadgets are at the centre of thousands of episodes registered by forces, including rows between neighbours, prison smuggling, burglary "scoping" exercises, mid-air near misses and snooping fears. Figures show the number of incidents logged by police...

$3m cocaine seized

Auckland Customs officers have made a $3.2 million cocaine seizure at Auckland airport. A Brazilian woman is now spending her 29th birthday in prison today after being accused of attempting to smuggle the 4.6kg haul into the country, Customs says. She arrived on a morning flight from Brazil via Chile on April 2, where she was questioned and searched by Customs officers before...

Cold cases linked to Yorkshire Ripper

London Police are continuing to review historical unsolved cases linked to the Yorkshire Ripper in a 1982 report. The Byford Report revealed that Peter Sutcliffe, who was given 20 life terms for murdering 13 women and attempting to kill seven more, could have been responsible for a further 13 offences. The Sun newspaper has claimed that Sutcliffe, who now goes by the name...
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