Crime

An investigation into the alleged assault of a 25-year-old woman holidaying on Rarotonga continues, as further details of the incident come to light.

The Cook Islands Police Service had a relatively quiet weekend, attending only a handful of minor incidents.

A Cook Island Police Service spokesman has confirmed that a police officer has been interviewed as part of an investigation in to an alleged assault that occurred at Rehab Nightclub in Avarua on June 7.

The Cook Islands Police Service says the service they provide to the community is “often taken for granted and perhaps not fully appreciated”, after it was revealed officers responded to 247 incidents last month, an average of eight a day.

Visitor accommodation continues to be the largest target for burglars, the latest statistics released by the Cook Islands Police Service show.

The Cook Islands Police Service says crash statistics for the month of June are on track to be “the worst of the year so far”.

Police are calling for road users to change their “inconsiderate attitudes” when driving, as accidents and the number of people apprehended for driving over the breath-alcohol limit continue to grow.

The Outlaws motorcycle gang member who was refused entry to the Cook Islands late last month was intercepted as part of a joint effort from New Zealand authorities and the Pacific Transnational Crimes Coordination Unit based in Samoa, says principal immigration officer Kairangi Samuela.

Police suspect a batch of low-priced cigarettes and tobacco may appear on the ‘black market’ following a haul of several brands in the break-in of a local store this week.

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