20 Dec 2022

Waipā Mayor wants central government help after crime spree

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 20 December 2022

Police in the Waikato District are armed this morning after officers were shot at, following a spate of crimes across Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu yesterday.

Waikato District Commander Superintendent Bruce Bird says there were three burglaries across the district, and then a group broke into a house in Te Awamutu, assaulting the people inside and stealing a car.

He says four teenagers were arrested after the car theft, and while arresting the four teenagers another car drove past, and shots were fired at police.

Officers didn't return fire because they weren't armed.

Bird says police are looking for six more young people regarding the shooting and other offending.

Susan O'Regan is the mayor of Waipā, which includes Cambridge and Te Awamutu.

She says there is growing concern across the district, and a sense central government isn't doing enough.

O'Regan spoke to Gyles Beckford.