Stuart Nash thought he could do the proverbial shooting of fish in a barrel with the Papakura Dairy Caper. Not only did the dairy owner have to lie to the police to get them to turn up, it’s smack bang in the Police Minister’s electorate.
A gift from above, surely?
Police Minister Judith Collins denies that police only responded to a south Auckland robbery after a frustrated dairy owner called them and said he had a gun.
The incident made headlines earlier this week when Redhill Superette owner Indy Purewai posted a video on Facebook showing a group of about 10 teenagers looting his shop as staff defended themselves with hockey sticks.
Mr Purewai claimed police didn’t respond until he called and told them he had a gun.
Labour’s Stuart Nash questioned Ms Collins in parliament on Thursday about the incident.
“The police were already on their way to the incident before there was any mention of a gun,” Ms Collins said.
“The police have advised that the people in the shop waited five minutes before calling 111 – that is, five minutes after the youths had left the scene.
“The call came in at 5.52pm. Police were despatched at 5.57pm. They arrived at 6.02pm – 10 minutes.
“I think that is an outstanding response.” Read more »