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11 days ago

Be aware of this WhatsApp scam

The Team from Wellington District Police

Police are warning people to be wary of a WhatsApp scam following an increase in reports in the Wellington District.

In this case scammers use WhatsApp to impersonate family members or friends in saying they need help and in particular need money.

Victims of this scam have received a message … View more
Police are warning people to be wary of a WhatsApp scam following an increase in reports in the Wellington District.

In this case scammers use WhatsApp to impersonate family members or friends in saying they need help and in particular need money.

Victims of this scam have received a message from an unknown number, claiming to be a loved one who has just lost their phone and got a replacement.

The scammer then attempts to obtain the victim’s credit card information.

These kinds of scams run constantly and while most people will not respond or buy into them, some people are more vulnerable.

We urge people to have conversations with vulnerable or elderly family members, to help ensure they are aware of the tactics often used by scammers and don't become victims.

If you are in doubt because a person is claiming to be a family member or friend, ask them a personal question – for example their date of birth, maiden name, pet name or name of a sibling.

Do not provide a password, credit card or bank details without making absolute sure, it is someone you know.

No legitimate agency will contact you and ask for your bank details or credit card out of the blue.

Police’s message on scams like this is simple – do not engage with anyone on the phone, and if you think you are being scammed report the incident immediately.

Anyone who believes they are a victim of a scam, in person, over the phone or online, should immediately report it to their bank, and then to their local Police.

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26 days ago

Firearms incident near Wellington Hospital

The Team from Wellington District Police

Police are investigating a firearms incident that occurred at 5:07pm Wednesday evening (1st May) and would like information from the public.

An altercation took place outside a motor lodge opposite the entrance of Wellington Hospital on Riddiford Street. A person was threatened with a machete by… View more
Police are investigating a firearms incident that occurred at 5:07pm Wednesday evening (1st May) and would like information from the public.

An altercation took place outside a motor lodge opposite the entrance of Wellington Hospital on Riddiford Street. A person was threatened with a machete by the driver of a white Ford Ranger.
The person threatened retrieved a firearm from nearby and along with an associate got into a grey Mitsubishi Colt driving into the hospital carpark opposite the emergency department entrance.

They then drove the wrong way up the main vehicle exit stopping outside the main hospital entrance at 5.16pm where the Ford Ranger was now parked. A further confrontation occurred between the occupants of the two vehicles before a firearm was discharged towards the Ford Ranger. Both vehicles and their occupants immediately left the area.

Police want to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the incident or have seen the vehicles involved in the area.
The incident occurred in a very busy public place and a number of witnesses including hospital visitors and taxis were close by at the time.
Initial indications suggest those involved were known to each other and there is not an immediate threat to the wider public.
Those involved have not been located at this stage and Police are following positive lines of enquiry.

A scene guard is in place outside the motor lodge and there will be an increased Police presence in the area to provide reassurance to the community.
Anyone with information, including photos or videos, can call 105 or make a report online via 105.police.govt.nz.
Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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39 days ago

Robbery at a Naenae dairy

The Team from Wellington District Police

At around 8am Police were called to Rata Street where a group entered a Naenae dairy and presented a knife, stealing product. The offenders fled the scene in a vehicle which has since been located in Naenae Park abandoned. Police are appealing for information from the public.

Inspector Simon de … View more
At around 8am Police were called to Rata Street where a group entered a Naenae dairy and presented a knife, stealing product. The offenders fled the scene in a vehicle which has since been located in Naenae Park abandoned. Police are appealing for information from the public.

Inspector Simon de Wit Relieving Hutt Valley Area Commander says: “Police are reviewing CCTV footage, speaking with witnesses, and we are searching the area as we work to identify and locate the offenders.”
“Enquiries are ongoing and a scene examination will be conducted.”
“If you have any information that may assist in identifying and locating the youths or saw a small silver Toyota hatchback leaving the scene towards Naenae Park between the hours of 8:10am and 8:20am please contact Police on 111 if it was recent or 105 if it’s after the fact. Please reference event number: P058472846,” says Inspector de Wit.

Alternatively you can report any information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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67 days ago

We need your help

The Team from Wellington District Police

Wellington District Police are investigating how two young Lower Hutt children suffered injuries so horrific that both required hospitalisation and surgery.

Police investigators believe the siblings’ injuries were inflicted deliberately and likely over a period of time. We are now asking for … View more
Wellington District Police are investigating how two young Lower Hutt children suffered injuries so horrific that both required hospitalisation and surgery.

Police investigators believe the siblings’ injuries were inflicted deliberately and likely over a period of time. We are now asking for help from the public to uncover what happened to the four and five-year-old children.

Concerned hospital staff had alerted officers to a potential family harm incident at a residential address in Stokes Valley on Friday 8 March after a young child sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital by ambulance.

A medical assessment of the child and their sibling revealed further injuries believed to have been sustained in previous incidents.

Their injuries were so extensive one required surgery, and it has taken weeks to understand the full extent of damage to their bodies. Both have a multitude of broken bones, extensive bruising and one child had brain bleeds and severe internal injuries.

These injuries do not just happen; it’s likely someone knows something or has seen something and that’s why we need the community’s help.

The children recently moved with family to a Stokes Valley address from a Waterloo address and had been at their new home for just two nights when they were hospitalised.

Police are seeking any information around any suspicious activity seen or heard at either address, or nearby, on or prior to Friday 8 March, that may assist Police in our investigation.

Police have already conducted area enquiries and we are now reaching out to the wider community for help with our investigation.

If you have any information that may assist Police, please contact us on 105 or via 105.police.govt.nz and reference file number: 240308/4647.

Alternatively you can report any information anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

70 days ago

UPDATE - owner of kayak located in Wellington

The Team from Wellington District Police

Wellington Police have identified the owner of the kayak found on Sunday morning in Seatoun.

The man was found on land safe and well following Police inquiries, and officers are returning his kayak to him today.

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