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Three people were arrested in Porangahau on Wednesday.

Sergeant Neil Baker said Waipukurau Police together with staff from Hawkes Bay, including two dog handlers, searched a Pörangahau address for a wanted male from Hutt Valley.

The 35-year-old, who was wanted for multiple warrants for his arrest, was located without incident. 

A 26-year-old female from the Wellington area was also located at the address, who again had multiple warrants for her arrest.

Mr Baker said as Police were leaving the address, they attempted to stop a vehicle which was displaying false licence plates. 

The driver fled from Police, heading south toward Herbertville, before abandoning the vehicle at a rural property. 

Mr Baker said fortunately the Police dog handler was close by, and a 31-year-old Palmerston North Mongrel Mob member was quickly arrested. 

He said of concern was that he had his 12-year-old son in the vehicle with him at the time when he chose to flee from Police. 

The man has been arrested on outstanding warrants, dangerous driving, and aggravated failing to stop for Police.

All three were held in custody and were due to appear in the Hastings District Court yesterday.

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Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has reduced State Highway 5, or the Napier-Taupo Road, to one lane between Te Haroto and Tarawera from today.

The Agency says a large dropout alongside the southbound lane is the reason for the lane closure.

Contractors have been monitoring the dropout since the March/April weather events.

Spokesperson Martin Colditz says on the advice of a geotechnical engineer, the decision has been made to close one lane and move traffic away from the slip face.

The site will remain under traffic light control with a 50km/hr temporary speed limit in place.

Waka Kotahi says there will also be restrictions in place for oversized loads.

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Waipukurau Bowling Club’s James Burne returned home with a bronze medal after playing the NZ Champion of Champion Singles in Hastings last weekend.

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HB Super 8 Netball tonight :

Central Sports Vet Services HB will play Outkast; with Otane Thirsty Whale playing All In : Mavericks.

Both games are at 7.35pm at Pettigrew Green Arena.

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Best of luck to Omakere School students James Martin, Caitlyn Humphries and Madi Hunt who are competing in the grand finals of the AgriKids competition.

The competition is part of the NZ Young Farmer contest in Whangarei which is being held this week.

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Hawke’s Bay Rugby this weekend :