Thursday, 18 January 2007 - 12:35pm |
National News

Operation Summit investigation team make further arrest.

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Yesterday, Police investigating the activities of Graeme Burton arrested a 24 year old Wellington man from the suburb of Kingston and charged him in relation to the possession of several weapons.

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Cotter says "Armed Offender Squad members executed a search warrant at an address in Kingston at about 5am yesterday morning. A man and woman at the address were taken into custody and spoken to by the investigation team. A subsequent detailed search of the address located a loaded pistol grip shotgun and ammunition, a stun gun, a can of mace, thousands of rounds of 9mm ammunition, a bullet proof vest, a uniformed Police issue shirt, drug paraphernalia and approximately $50,000 in cash."

The man appeared in court yesterday afternoon and has been released on bail to appear again on the 9th of February 2007. Further charges are likely.

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Cotter refused to comment on how this man was linked to Burton or what part he played in Burton's activities.

He said the investigation team is working very hard to establish everyone's involvement with Burton and a clearer picture was emerging. He thanked people for assisting the investigation team with information about Burton's activities.

Car sighting sought

Police are seeking the publics assistance with any sightings of a 1991 Opel Vectra salon coloured silver (see photograph attached) around the top of Summit Road or the Wainuiomata Hill Road lookout on Saturday morning the 6th of January 2007.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cotter says "If anyone has seen this vehicle around those locations on Saturday morning please contact the enquiry team on 0508 324 734 or 0508 FAIRFIELD."

Police are also still seeking people who were on the firebreaks of the eastern hill above Lower Hutt on Saturday to contact them. Detective Senior Sergeant Cotter says "An Indian or Asian female with three children was seen on the firebreak near Summit Road on Saturday afternoon (6th January) as well as an Asian couple along the summit firebreak. These people haven't contacted Police yet and Police want to speak to these people as they may have seen something significant without realising it."

Police are also still seeking the man who threatened to kill police officers involved in Burton's capture and smashed windows of a marked patrol car parked at Wellington Hospital on Wednesday morning (10th January).

People with any information in relation to this enquiry can contact the enquiry team directly on 0508 324 734 or 0508 FAIRFIELD

Detective Senior Sergeant Shane Cotter