Pirates of the Wakatipu

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Dozy drinkers caught illegally boarding the historic TSS Earnslaw overnight will be prosecuted, its owners say. 

Police this week released CCTV images of three people (above) filmed trying doors and messing about with lifesavers on the vintage steamer. 

Last week, a drunken Aussie was seen running naked around the ship before jumping into the water and then parading around Earnslaw Green. 

Earnslaw manager Angus Small says: “Unlawful attempts to board the TSS Earnslaw are taken very seriously. 

“We have closed circuit television monitoring both on and off the vessel and will prosecute.” 

Each summer there are dozens of illegal boardings of boats in Queenstown Bay. 

Senior constable Sean Drader says: “It’s difficult to educate people because a lot of times it is people who are new to town. 

“The Earnslaw has alarms and a motion sensor but they can’t secure the deck area. It’s not physically possible and they can’t have security there all night. 

“Sometimes it’s just shenanigans – all very harmless until someone chucks a cigarette and burns down a 100-year-old boat.” 

Police want to speak to two groups filmed on the ship between 2.50am and 4am on Sunday and are warning others to stay off. 

The group faces charges of unlawfully being on a vessel. 

Not lovin’ it 

A 16-year-old Queenstowner has been referred to youth aid after throwing a huge lit firework into the town centre McDonald’s. 

The youngster chucked a Luck Dragon firework into the upstairs café in O’Connells Mall on Camp Street at 11.30pm last Friday. It went off but it is thought no one was injured. 

“It shoots flaming balls. Pretty stupid thing to do,” Drader says. 

Officers caught the teenager nearby and he admitted he’d done it. 

Gorrie nabbed in pub 

Police have caught up with criminal Tony Gorrie, 42, who has now been charged with breaking his parole conditions and faces other charges. 

Police last week issued mug shots of Gorrie in an effort to find him. 

Drader says: “He was found playing pool in an Invercargill pub and arrested after a short foot chase.”

 

Good Samaritan? 

Police want to speak to this grey-haired lady (right) who appears to have forgotten to hand in a wallet she picked up in New World. 

The wallet, which contained cash, credit cards and a driver’s licence, was dropped a month ago by an Alexandra man at the Frankton store. 

“He’d been sitting on the bench and as he stood up his wallet fell out on the seat – you can see it on the CCTV,” Drader says. 

“She saw it, picked it up and left the store. We’ve been checking at police stations and other places but it has not been handed in yet. 

“She was shopping with a young child. We’d like her to come forward because the man wants his wallet back.”