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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...

*555 caller fronts up

A Queenstowner who dobbed in former Dunedin mayor Dame Sukhi Turner on the Crown Range Road is convinced she was driving hazardously. Mountain Scene last week reported she and her husband, former New Zealand cricketer Glenn Turner, blasted local police for...
In pain and bleeding, Queenstowner Dan Turner dragged himself out of his crashed ute and carried the tourist who had just hit him head-on away from her burning car. The 32-year-old, who was seriously injured in yesterday's early-morning crash, says...
New Zealand's most chased politician is walking into the lion's den. Disgraced Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay tells Mountain Scene he's heading back to Parliament. "Contrary to recent speculation, I will be returning to Wellington," he confirms by email. He'll head to the...
OPINION: Bill English has finally answered questions we've been asking him for months. In April, I sent a series of questions to the Prime Minister's office about allegations Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay had recorded his electorate staff. One was: "Did Mr...
Queenstown is bucking the national downward trend for drink-drive convictions – and now has an average of four a week. Ministry of Justice stats show 208 people were convicted at Queenstown District Court in 2016. Another 100 have been been convicted...
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