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Fast food fight

An 18-year-old Brazilian woman has been charged with assault after allegedly punching another woman in the head at McDonald's in Queenstown. Senior Sergeant Paula Enoka, of Queenstown, said officers arrived at the restaurant on Camp St about 3.45am today and...

Cops stop boozing builder

Queenstown police were left shaking their heads after catching a builder drinking a bourbon and coke while driving to work on a notorious stretch of highway. The 22-year-old was driving from Edendale to Queenstown when he was pulled over at...

After-hours fix

Health chiefs will boost staff and increase mental health provision following an independent investigation into the unlawful detainment of a Queenstown man by police. Last October, the man was detained by police for seven hours following a suicide attempt, while...
An independent investigation has found police acted unlawfully by detaining a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, but says their actions were "reasonable in the circumstances". The report, released today by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA), also highlights...

Body of missing boatie found

The Police National Dive Squad has recovered a body from Frankton Marina, near Queenstown, this afternoon, believed to be a well-known local boatie. The divers arrived in the resort this morning to help with the search for 63-year-old Alan Wilson,...
A Nissan Terrano drove through a playground, down some steps and across a field while being pursued by police through Queenstown and Frankton this morning. The vehicle and its male driver evaded capture after police abandoned the pursuit for the...

Mobile menaces

Queenstown cops are tearing their hair out over the number of people using cellphones while driving in the resort. Figures released to Mountain Scene show 593 infringements have been dished out by police in the past three years. At $80 a...

Push to report thefts

One of Queenstown's top cops is urging people to report their items being nicked, saying a drop in crime stats may not reflect reality in the resort. Posts lamenting stolen items are appearing near-daily on Queenstown social media pages, with...

Cops call for public booze ban

Queenstown police's submission on a proposed public alcohol ban includes 59 eye-opening photos of people the worse-for-wear, litter and general public drunkenness. In one photo, a man is passed out in a doorway and appears to have defecated on his...
By day, you'll normally find Sean Drader working at Queenstown's cop shop. But, when he's not there, you'd be surprised at where he might pop up. Tracey Roxburgh talks to one of the artiest boys in blue you're likely...
A NEW speed camera car on Queenstown roads is behind a staggering increase in the number of people pinged for speeding, cops say. Police figures reveal the number of speeding tickets dished out in Queenstown skyrocketed 48 per cent between...

Abuse outcry

Queenstown family harm victims are returning to abusive exes due to a lack of financial support, a situation Jigsaw manager Fiona Young calls "heartbreaking". Young's preparing to meet with Immigration NZ officials next month to push for more support for...
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