Italian visitor punted for drugs

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An Italian was denied entry to New Zealand at Queenstown Airport after Customs found cannabis in his
possession. 

The 29-year-old arrived at the airport on a flight from Australia on Monday evening. 

Customs referred the case to Immigration New Zealand after discovering a small amount of cannabis and drug utensils. 

Senior constable Chris Blackford says: “He admitted smoking cannabis about twice a week and was denied entry on the grounds he was likely to commit offences against the Misuse of Drugs Act.” 

The Italian was held in Queenstown police cells while a flight out of the country was arranged. 

Motoring misadventures 

A motoring enthusiast crashed his car into a water pump shed in Frankton on Saturday evening after losing control on a bend. 

The 26-year-old New Zealander, who faces careless driving charges, had reportedly been watching the Coronet Peak Hill Climb event earlier that day. 

Sergeant Steve Watt says: “He drove around the corner at Glenda Drive approaching Frankton Ladies Mile too fast and skidded into the Queenstown Lakes District Council shed.” 

A 16-year-old Queenstown man received an infringement offence notice after being caught drink driving. 

The youngster was stopped on Isle Street in Queenstown at 2am on Sunday and blew 139 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath when tested. 

The legal limit for drivers under 20 is zero – anything under 150mg results in a fine and demerits, while anything over 150mg leads to a court date. 

A 43-year-old Timaru man was stopped by cops about half an hour earlier on Stanley Street. 

He was processed for drink driving after blowing 575mg per litre of breath, above the adult limit of 400mg. 

The man was charged after enquiries revealed it was his third excess breath alcohol offence. 

Toilet trouble 

Lake Hayes Estate residents are being asked to report vandals who are damaging the toilets by the McBride Park playground. 

Queenstown Lakes District Council contractors OCS Ltd have reported vandalism taking place on an almost nightly basis. 

It includes graffiti, toilet bowls being filled with stones up to the rim, toilet paper dispensers being emptied and contents stuck to the walls and ceilings. Mud and dirt have also been smeared over surfaces and used to block sinks. 

Council community services general manager Paul Wilson says: “The playground is used by parents and young children and it’s sad they’re the ones affected when the toilets are made unusable by someone else’s stupidity. 

“And of course, there’s also a cost associated with the damage in terms of time spent cleaning up and resources being wasted.” 

Police have been notified about the vandalism. 

The toilets could be closed overnight if the problem continues. 

Damage in the Wakatipu 

A 20-year-old Auckland man was charged with wilful damage after allegedly smashing the glass door of Just Jeans on Camp Street during an argument with someone at the taxi stand. 

Watt says: “He pulled on the door in frustration and it smashed it.” 

Police attended at 3.30am on Monday. 

Event day arrests 

A 22-year-old New Zealand woman was charged with theft after allegedly stealing $900 worth of personal effects from a Thompson St address on Melbourne Cup Day. 

The woman, who was arrested at 2.30am, is due to appear in Queenstown District Court a week on Monday.
Guy Fawkes Night went off with a bang on Domain Road when a metal letter box was destroyed by an explosion. 

Police were called to the explosion at 1am on Monday. 

Watt says: “It was likely a firework. We have no suspects yet.”