Northern News : January 19th 2011
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Owner and dog hurt in pitbull attack Lucky Jack: Richard Berney and his pet fox terrier Jack both survived a vicious pitbull attack. A man whose pet fox terrier was attacked by a pitbull managed to save it by holding it above his head. Rawene resident Richard Berney and his dog Jack were attacked on December13 by an unrestrained pitbull mastiff while walking along Parnell St. Mr Berney said his first reaction was to hoist his pet above his head. The snarling brute was deter- mined to get my dog,'' he says. He stood on his hind legs and reached up about 5 foot, biting me on the arm.'' The attack left him bleeding pro- fusely from a deep 7.6cm gash. Running across the road, he was bowled by the pitbull, losing his grip on his pet which fell into bushes and was being bitten by the pitbull when three men from a pass- ing bus pulled the pitbull away by its hind legs. Those men are heroes,'' Mr Berney says. It's a miracle Jack's throat wasn't ripped out.'' The owner of the dog, which ran from the scene, has since had the dog destroyed. A Far North District Council investigating officer has taken statements from Mr Berney and the dog owner. A council spokesperson says there were several options open to it including prosecution or infringe- ment fines. The council says the dog owner understands that he will either be receiving a fine or be prosecuted. Top cop puts gangs on notice By RICHARD EDMONDSON GANG violence will not be tolerated, warns Kaikohe's new police boss. Tensions between Black Power and the Tribesmen have been high since members clashed in the Whangarei sub- urb of Otangarei on New Year's Eve. Last Wednesday -- three days after the stabbing of a Black Power member in the town -- about two dozen Black Power members walked down the town's main street and gathered at the Kaikohe Hotel. Later in the day, a truck with four members of the Tribesman standing on the back drove down the main street. Officer in charge at Kaikohe police station senior sergeant Arthur McLean says police were quick to ensure the gangs did not clash or cause a public nuisance. We got out there in force and moved them on and the next three days we actively policed the town to ensure the community was safe.'' The presence of Black Power members in the main street is not a sign of a grow- ing gang presence, he says. That was a one-off. Those gang members have gone back to where they came from.'' Police are committed to ensuring the community is safe and free of gang violence and crime. We adopt a zero tolerance approach to it. Being the new officer in charge at this police station, I intend to ensure that we continue with that because it's unacceptable behaviour.'' People with information about illegal gang activities should contact the Kaikohe police. Game plan for match Rugby returns to the Kerikeri Domain on Feb- ruary 4 when the Blues take on the Hurricanes in a pre-season Investec Super 15 rugby clash. The match will provide an opportunity for people to link in with Waitangi celebrations during the weekend of February 5 and 6. Make a weekend of it and find what makes the Far North tick. Tickets from council service centres and libraries, www.fndc.govt. nz, email super15@ fndc. govt.nz or phone 0800- 920-029.
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