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Woman Faces Charges Following Incident In Whakatāne CBD

One person is facing multiple charges of shoplifting and other charges after being arrested following an incident in the Whakatāne CBD this week.

Police were called to The Strand late last Wednesday to reports of a woman acting threateningly towards a person.

"No one was injured in the incident, a woman was taken into custody and a knife was seized," says Senior Sergeant Tristan Murray, Eastern Bay of Plenty Prevention Manager.

"A 41-year-old woman was remanded in custody due to reappear in the Whakatāne District Court today, on multiple charges of shoplifting and charges including possessing an offensive weapon, methamphetamine possession, and disorderly behaviour,"

Police note they take this type of offending seriously and continue to work hard to hold offenders to account.

"Police and retailers cannot prevent crime alone and rely on the help of the community to stop this illegal activity and the social harm it causes," Murray says.

"We need the public to report any suspicious activity so we can conduct enquiries and hold offenders to account,"

Police urge anyone who sees any suspicious behaviour currently happening to call them on 111 or by calling 105 if its after the fact.

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