Update 1 April 2017
“Police are seeking a masked man who approached a woman in Christchurch this morning and pointed what is believed to be a firearm at her head. The man approached her from behind about 6am on Riccarton Ave, near the Cricket Oval and pavilions, and pressed something to her head. The woman screamed and pulled away, and the man ran off...he was wearing a baggy grey hoodie, dark trousers and a beige Halloween-type mask, and was carrying what appeared to be a small dark-coloured firearm.” source Weekend NZ Herald
30 March 2017
Thinking of emigrating to New Zealand because its such a peaceful place with a low crime rate? think again.
Christchurch was living up to its reputation for crime well before the Canterbury earthquakes made the small city the earthquake capital of New Zealand.
Earthquake and reconstruction attempts have taken the limelight somewhat in recent years, but the city’s crime problem has continued to impact the lives of residents.
This was published in today’s news:
Glen Vaughan hid in a chiller fearing for his life after a robber blasted his way through the doors of a Christchurch bar with a gun. Two weeks earlier Vaughan, a cook at Cashmere’s Brickworks Bar and Restaurant, was forced to the floor by a man who pointed a double-barrelled shotgun at his head.
There were six employees and several customers in the bar when the latest robbery unfolded about 9.45pm on Wednesday.
As has become custom since the March 15 robbery, staff had locked the front doors early because they were nervous they would be targeted again… read more here
Latest in a string of armed robberies
The attack on the staff at the Brickworks bar and restaurant are the latest in a string of armed robberies in bars and restaurants in Christchurch
The Tavern Harewood in Bishopdale was robbed by a man armed with a 12-gauge shotgun on March 11 as Lino Luafutu, the uncle of hip-hop artist Scribe, played a gig.
Luafutu noticed a security guard and a patron near the bar with their hands in the air and initially thought they were dancing.
The offender was chased from the bar by a security guard and a patron and dropped items related to the robbery, including some cash, while running through Bishopdale Park.
Police are also investigating the aggravated robbery of Trevino’s Restaurant and Bar in Riccarton on March 24. It was understood the man had a weapon and stole cash.
We say its not so much a string of armed robberies, rather the continuation of a trend that has been going on for years, certainly since 2009 when this site stated and well before then.
And with over 1.1 million firearms in circulation in New Zealand, armed robberies are a problem that isn’t going away any time soon.
Also in today’s press:
Division Street. Intimidation, threats and damage drive out Christchurch retailer
Gangs of youths spitting, swearing and damaging property are terrorizing a street in the Christchurch suburb of Riccarton.
At least one retailer is quitting the area in the face of direct intimidation by youths running amok in the troubled Division St / Riccarton Bus Exchange area.
The Art of Sewing managing director Sandra Arnott confirmed this week she would not renew her lease, which expires May 1, and was relocating elsewhere following an incident in February that forced a lockdown… read on
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