Vehicle Recovery Winds Down

Vehicle Recovery Winds Down

Canterbury

Police are winding down their Vehicle Recovery Team's operations at Hagley Park.

Wednesday next week (20 April) will be the team's last day of operation from the Vehicle Recovery Centre at the Armagh St Entrance to Hagley Park.

After that date, Police will no longer be actively recovering vehicles from Christchurch's CBD.

People who still have concerns about a vehicle which was parked in the CBD at the time of the earthquake, need to contact us as soon as possible early next week," said Senior Sergeant Graham Reeves.

"Working closely on the advice of engineers, the team of staff from Police, USAR and the NZ Army have done their absolute best to retrieve vehicles where safety has allowed it."

"We've received tremendous, appreciative feedback from the public about our efforts and I can certainly say that the team have gone the extra mile for car owners - starting vehicles with flat batteries and changing tyres when necessary to get a vehicle back on the road," Senior Sergeant Reeves said.

In total, Police have recovered 5033 vehicles from the CBD. A further 89 are still at Hagley Park and owners urgently need to claim these vehicles between 8am and 6pm Monday to Wednesday next week.

Police have also identified 19 vehicles that have not been able to be extracted due to either being inaccessible or due to damage.

"Police will be working hard over the next few days to reconcile the last few vehicles with their owners," said Snr Sergeant Reeves.

Any remaining vehicles will be towed to a storage facility, which is yet to be advised.

A small team will continue to operate from Christchurch Central Police station to respond to queries about vehicle recovery.

After Wednesday, the team can be contacted via the main Christchurch Central Police Station telephone number (03 363-7400) or via their current email address which is chchvehiclerecovery@police.govt.nz. ENDS Media inquiries to 0274 320 960