29 July, 2014

Self-defence in the News - No. 66

Having car door locked thwarts carjacker


"Carjack victim turns up at police station - told to ring 111"

By Kristin Edge, Hannah Norton


The woman drove straight to Whangarei Police Station, pictured, after an attempted carjacking but says she was told to ring 111 instead.

A woman who drove straight to Whangarei police station to report an attempted carjacking is appalled she was told by a constable to ring 111 to get a police officer to attend.

Police yesterday apologised to the woman, saying the officer was inexperienced and in the wrong. It was the second attempted carjacking in the city in less than a week.

The 21-year-old Whangarei woman, who did not want to be identified, was at the front counter of the Whangarei Police Station just after 12pm on Thursday when she was offered a landline to call police but opted to go outside and use her cellphone.

Only minutes before she had been in her car and stopped on Otaika Rd waiting to turn into Tarewa Rd when a man standing on the central traffic island tried to open her driver's door.

She described him as of Maori descent, aged in his late teens, of a stocky build, and dressed in a black hoodie with a blue T-shirt or collar.

"He yanked the door and looked at me," she said.

Fortunately her car door was locked and she was able to drive away.

"I went to the police station straight away and was told it would be faster to call 111 and they could dispatch a unit."

Acting Whangarei/Kaipara Area Commander Inspector Justin Rogers said the officer who served her had less than six months in the force, and had limited front counter experience.

"This is not the preferred response from police and he should have called 111 himself on the radio.
We have spoken to the officer about the matter," Inspector Rogers said.

Following the call to 111 a patrol car was dispatched immediately but, as more than 10 minutes had passed, the man could not be located, he said.

"Police would like to remind people that if a crime is in progress they should call 111 immediately. If you are in a car, you can call 111 from your cellphone."

The woman said she chose to go into the station rather than ring 111 as she was only three intersections away and was distressed after the incident and wasn't thinking completely clearly.

"They should have seen that I was distressed. I would have expected a better result," she said.

Meanwhile, police are investigating an incident at the BP Wylies Service Station on Maunu Rd last Monday where a man tried to get into a car parked on the forecourt.

A woman, who was in the passenger seat of the car, said while the driver had gone to pay for fuel a man came into the car and began searching for the keys in the ignition.

Police had not received a complaint regarding this incident, but due to the serious nature of the allegation contacted the service station and viewed the CCTV footage.

The footage shows a man in a hooded red jacket opening the door, reaching in and then taking off.

Anyone with information can contact Whangarei Police on 09 430 4500.

The Northern Advocate

18 July, 2014

Kung Fu Archive

I made these 20 photographs in May 2002 at Earle's Academy. The camera I used was my old Nikon FG 35mm manual focus SLR, with a standard 50mm lens. Thank you to my regular training partners of the time for allowing me to photograph them in the kwoon: Jacim T., Trevor J., Sean J., Ben G., and Chris M., all skilled wing chun men. And thanks also to Kevin.

Left to right: Ben, me (self-portrait), and Trevor. 

Ben (left) and Jacim. 






Jacim (signing in). 

Jacim (left) and Ben. 

Jacim (fook sau) and Trevor.



Left to right: Sean and Chris. 

Left to right: Maria and Sean. 

Foreground: Sean and Maria. Background: Trevor and Jacim. 

Left to right: Sean and Trevor. 



Left to right: Trevor and Jacim. 

Foreground: Trevor (left) and Sean. 
Background: me making the photograph, reflected in the mirror.

03 July, 2014

Self-defence in the News - No. 65

Teenage girl fights off attacker 



A teenager attacked in her Hawke's Bay home last night escaped with scratches and bruises after the man fled when she screamed and fought him off, police say.

The 16-year-old Napier girl had left the front door of her family home open for her parents when she arrived home around 11.30pm, as they were following her in a separate car.

The girl noticed someone come through the front door of their home on Logan Ave, Marewa, and reached for a phone when she saw it was not her parents, but a male intruder.

The man described as "part-Maori in his 30s", threw the teenager up against a wall, Detective Ross Alexander said.

She screamed and tried to fight him off, and the man fled just minutes before her parents arrived home.

The girl was shaken, and suffered scratches and bruising in the attack but was otherwise unhurt.

Nothing was taken from the house and there were no sexual overtones to the attack, Alexander said.

"We believe this may have been an opportunistic attack and is a timely reminder to everyone to keep their houses secure at night and be mindful of strangers in their neighbourhood.

"We are very keen to speak to anyone who saw a person acting suspiciously in the Logan Ave area last night. Someone may have seen this man walking along the street or perhaps in nearby streets," Alexander said.

The man was described as being of stocky build with short dark hair, and about 1.7m tall.

He was wearing a dark-coloured hoodie and pants, and fingerless gloves.

- Anyone with information about the man should contact Detective Alexander at Hawke's Bay police on 06 8310806, or information can be left anonymously on Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

 - The Dominion Post