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Opportunist thief doesn't care if people home
By CATE BROUGHTON
POLICE ARE warning Rangiora
residents to keep their properties
secure after a series of burglaries
in the last week.
A 74-year-old Rangiora woman
had cash and credit cards stolen
from her Rickton Pl home about
10.30pm, while she slept on
Not content to call it a night,
the burglar then moved on to
other homes in the street,
Sergeant Colin Stewart said.
We believe he then unlawfully
went onto other properties and
was looking for an opportunity to
get into an unsecure house.
The man found an open window
on a back section property.
He reached in to open the
window further and disturbed
a woman, who was asleep in
She called out to her husband,
who was working in a room at the
front of the house at the time.
The man went to investigate,
but the burglar had left.
The owner of the house told the
Northern Outlook he and his wife
and two children had never had
anything like it happen in the 11
years they had lived there.
His wife had been extremely
distressed following the incident.
She will be locking her window
from now on.
However, he said they believed
it had been an opportunistic
event and was not an indication
their street was no longer safe.
I love where I live.
The neighbours are great, the
police were great. I think it was
just a one-off thing. It did shake
us up a bit that someone has the
audacity to come into a house that
clearly has someone in it.
No one has been arrested for
the offence, but investigations
Mr Stewart said it was concern-
ing that someone was prepared
to enter homes at night.
It disturbs me greatly that
someone would go into someone
else s home. People need to revise
their home security and unfortun-
ately windows left open are an
opportunity for burglars to enter
He said it was imperative to
contact police immediately, as
each second counted in these
types of offences.
If anyone disturbs anyone on
their property don t hesitate to
Fast, furious and an NZ first
By RACHEL MACDONALD
ALL GO: Scurry Champion 2013, Kirsty Anderson, will take up the reins once more at the inaugural Scurry NZ Indoor
Masters on September 7.
Photo: VICTORIA CASELEY.
NEW ZEALAND S third scurry
season is about to get under way,
with a full calendar of exciting
events in Canterbury scheduled
from September to April.
It all kicks off with the first
Scurry NZ Indoor Masters compe-
tition at the Riding for the Dis-
abled arena at the Canterbury
Agricultural Park, organised by
Oxford s Becky Pocock and Jill
Stephenson, of Cust.
In another first, the evening
will team the fast and furious
sport of scurry with other eques-
trian disciplines, for a night of all-
out action, Jill says.
The night will be a three-hour
extravaganza, showcasing speed
The audience will be welcomed
with a rendition of the national
anthem from young Oxford song-
bird Shannon-Aimee Bradley, who
has just landed a role in NZ
Opera s Noye's Fludde (Noah's
Flood), which plays in Christ-
church on September 21.
This will be followed by a
demonstration from the horses
of the award-winning Ridgellea
Friesian Stud and speed trials
from Canterbury dog sled teams,
followed by a contest between
some of our top barrel racers.
The evening s scurry challenges
will see large and small ponies
pitted against each other, gallop-
ing a 400m course of ball-topped
cones against the clock.
The indoor surface makes
for great spectator sport, with
sand spraying, sliding vehicles,
and balls tumbling everywhere,
Another highlight will see a
Scurry Plus team of four ponies
completing the course as fast as
they can, followed by a quad bike
and a barrel racer trying to match
or better their time.
One lucky ticket holder from
the audience will get to ride the
arena with the ponies before
actual competition, then it s all
on. Scurry Plus is huge in Europe,
but it s the first time we ve seen
anything like this in New Zea-
land, Jill says.
Jeff Walton, from Cust, will be
driving Bindy Dakin s four ponies
on a timed challenge around the
course. A quad bike rider will then
see if he can beat the time, and
also one of our brave cowgirls.
Tickets are available now from
www.scurrynz.co.nz -- adults $12,
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