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.

Gang member refused entry

Friday June 08, 2018

A patched member of the New Zealand-based Outlaw motorcycle gang with a list of serious convictions was refused entry into the Cook Islands at Rarotonga Airport last week, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI) has revealed.

Police were kept busy over the holiday weekend attending a number of incidents, including three assaults.

Two officers from the Cook Islands Police graduated from the Pacific Physical Training Instructors Course last month.

A traffic stop set-up by the police last week focused on young drivers committing minor infringements.

A spate of burglaries over the last week has affected both local residents and visitors, a Cook Islands Police Service spokesman says.

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