Archive for November, 2011

Christchurch Council using PI to identify people occupying red stickered homes

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Christchurch homeowners defying notices to leave their rockfall-threatened properties have been under surveillance from a private investigator.

The Christchurch City Council yesterday confirmed it had employed an investigator accredited by the Ministry of Justice to identify people still occupying red-stickered homes, saying it needed proof to pursue enforcement action.

Former Home Secretary warns that London 2012 could come under cyber attack

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

London’s Olympic Games could come under attack from cyber terrorists, threatening ticket sales, hotel and airline bookings, David Blunkett, the former home secretary, warned last night.

Break in at Te Papa

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Te Papa was broken into early yesterday morning and a donation box full of cash was stolen.

But the thief was deterred from stealing anything else when an alarm was activated and they fled the scene, a Te Papa spokesman said.

Employer had no reeason to fear for safety of murdered security officer

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The employer of a young Indian security guard who was killed on his first night watching over a west Auckland building site says there was no reason to fear for the man’s safety.

Police have revealed that Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal, 21, died from head injuries as a result of being assaulted, and have launched a homicide investigation.

Auckland council goes to Court to trespass protestors

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The right to protest versus council bylaws will be battled out in the Auckland District Court today as the council attempts to get anti-capitalist protesters trespassed from Aotea Square.

Occupy Auckland protesters have been living in the public space since October 15 and have no plans to leave.

But yesterday, the council issued them with a trespass notice saying they were in breach of bylaws preventing camping in public spaces.

11 prison officers investigated for relationships with inmates since Jan 2010

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Eleven female prison officers nationwide have reportedly been investigated for “inappropriate relationships” with inmates since January last year.

Woman uses pepper spray to beat other bargain hunters on “Black Friday”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

A woman suspected of showering Black Friday shoppers with pepper spray surrendered to authorities but was released pending further investigation after she refused to discuss the incident, police said Saturday.

The woman, whose name was not released, is suspected of firing pepper spray into a crowd in order to clear a path to a crate of Xbox video game players that were being unwrapped late Thanksgiving night at a Walmart in the upscale Porter Ranch section of the San Fernando Valley.

Hotel bombing kills 3 in Southern Philippines

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Suspected Islamic militants detonated a powerful bomb that killed at least three people and wounded 27 others in a budget hotel packed with wedding guests in the southern Philippines, officials said Monday.

Investigators believe the blast and ensuing fire that gutted the two-story Atilano Pension House in downtown Zamboanga City late Sunday was a terrorist strike, not linked to the wedding, city police director Edwin de Ocampo said.

Philippines phone hackers funding terrorism

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Four people in the Philippines hacked into the accounts of AT&T business customers in the United States and diverted money to a group that financed terrorist attacks across Asia, according to police officials in the Philippines.

Security staff required for London Olympics double original estimate

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

London 2012 organisers have confirmed that “a few thousand” volunteers will have to be trained up and deployed to help fill a gap in the number of security personnel required at the Olympics next summer.

Following a review process over the summer it emerged that about 21,000 security staff would be required inside Olympic venues and training camps, more than double the original estimates.