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The mother of Hawke’s Bay athlete Geordie Beamish was thrilled with his gold medal in the 1500 metre race at the World Indoor Athletic Champs in Scotland.

Beamish ran a personal best time of 3 minutes 36.54 seconds to take the gold.

Josi Beamish, who with husband Simon farm near Havelock North, said World Athletics put up a livestream of the race, and said his win was “very exciting”.

Josi told Steve Wyn-Harris on Central FM’s Cockies Hour yesterday said Geordie has always loved to run, even as a small child.

Geordie has qualified for the 3km steeplechase at the upcoming Paris Olympics later this year.

Emergency services were called to a serious motor vehicle crash near Norsewood last night.

Police said the single-vehicle crash, on State Highway 2 between Gundries Road and Garfield Road, was reported about 6.30pm.

State Highway 2 around the crash scene was closed, and traffic was diverted.

A Police spokesperson said one person sustained critical injuries.

Police are investigating whether an incident where a vehicle failed to stop for officers near Bay View on Monday night and an incident where a Police vehicle was rammed in Dannevirke last Friday night are linked.

A 45-year-old man was arrested after Police were forced to use road spikes to stop a vehicle.

He is charged with failing to stop, wilful damage, and dangerous driving in relation to the Bay View incident.

The Government has opened consultation on a proposal to temporarily assume responsibility for the delivery of flood protection work in Hawke’s Bay.

An Order in Council would see a change to the Severe Weather Emergency Recovery Legislation which was enacted following the likes of Cyclone Gabrielle last year.

The Order would streamline the resource consent process and allow flood infrastructure work to begin sooner in areas categorised as 2A and 2C – allowing them to be reclassified as Category 1A.

Porangahau, Wairoa, Pakowhai, Awatoto, and Havelock North are all affected areas, and multiple resource consents would be needed before any work could begin.

HBRC Chair Hinewai Ormsby welcomed the decision, with consultation on the proposal open until March 18.

Details are available on the Ministry for the Environment website.