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Five youths have been taken into custody following a stolen vehicle incident last weekend.

Senior Sergeant Craig Vining said at about 11.30am on Sunday, Police located a stolen vehicle travelling in Otane.

He said units were quickly able to spike the blue Toyota Aqua hatchback at the intersection of Higginson Street and State Highway 2.

The vehicle was then monitored as it travelled south through to Waipawa and then into Waipukurau.

Mr Vining said due to the vehicle driving at excessive speed, Police did not pursue and later located it abandoned in a field on Porangahau Road.

He said five youths were located climbing an adjacent hill and are being dealt with by Youth Aid.

Mr Vining said the incident was a great example of Police team work.

Meanwhile Police are looking for information after the set of road spikes used in the stolen vehicle incident were taken.

Senior Sergeant Craig Vining said the spikes were uplifted by a member of the public.

He asks anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact Police via 105 or the anonymous Crimestoppers line 0800 555 111.

Hawke’s Bay Police have put out appeals for information on two people reported missing.

Earl Taka was last seen in the Otane area on the 4th of April, and Police and family members have concerns for his wellbeing.

Meanwhile information is being sought on missing woman Jessica Kim, who was seen getting into a single-cab ute towing a trailer on Sunday.

Police said Ms Kim was last seen between 10.20am and 10.50am at Te Ara Kahikatea at Whakatu.

A Police spokesperson said there appeared to be two in the ute, which left in the direction of Mangateretere.

The spokesperson said Jessica, who has dreadlocks down to her waist, appeared to be distressed at the time.

Anyone with information on either of the missing persons is asked to contact Police on 105. Pictures of the pair are on the Eastern District Police Facebook page.

New World Waipukurau owner Gerard Kennedy says the annual Family 2 Family Foodbank Appeal has kicked off well, with more than $1600 worth of items donated in the first week alone.

The appeal runs for a four-week period, ending on the 5th of May.

Gerard says they delivered 82 bags last week which emphasises what a wonderful, giving community we have.

$20 pre-filled bags are available for purchase at New World Waipukurau, or people can fill a bag as they do their shopping.