Family disputes prompt police callouts

Tuesday October 17, 2017 Written by Published in Local

Police were called to two family disputes over the weekend.


At around 7.50am on Saturday officers responded to a call out of a family disagreement in Muri involving a mother and her son.

The son was warned, and police said alcohol had been a factor in the incident.

Shortly before midnight on Saturday, officers were called to a dispute at a residence in Ruatonga involving a couple, who police said were under the influence of alcohol.

“They had a disagreement and one party was removed from the residence to relocate to family in Arorangi,” a police spokesman said.

The burglary of a business in Ruatonga resulted in a callout at 7am on Saturday. Police subsequently found four other businesses in the area had been broken into and one establishment damaged. CCTV footage from one of the businesses identified the culprit and a young man was arrested by police. He will appear before the High Court later this week.

The theft of taro from a plantation in Avarua resulted in a complaint to police at 9.44am on Friday.

Investigating officers said the complainant had gone out to check his plantation, only to discover that someone had already harvested his taro and taro leaves. Police are investigating this matter, as well as a reported theft of property from a rented apartment received at 1pm on Friday.

Police responded to one complaint about excessive noise over the weekend. At around 1.20am on Sunday police were called to a residence in Maraerenga. The occupier of the premises was spoken to and warned about the noise level.

Two males were arrested this weekend for alleged offences involving fraud and burglary. They will face charges in the High Court later this week.

Meanwhile, police thank members of the public for their assistance and cooperation over the weekend.

“Please look after our children and be mindful of your neighbours when celebrating,” a spokesman said.

“Be vigilant in keeping your homes and properties secure, be considerate on the roads and assist us in apprehending offenders.”

 Anyone with information regarding any of the weekend or past incidents should call the Cook Islands Police Service on 22499

All information received will be treated as confidential. 

            - Release

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