Wednesday, 14 December 2011 - 12:40pm |
National News

Prevention advice part of routine policing

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Christchurch Police are reassuring Linwood residents that there has been no threat to burn a Cashel Street house that has been searched as part of the investigation into the death of Hayden Miles.

Inspector Derek Erasmus, Christchurch City Area Commander, said police has however approached the Fire Service for support to install smoke alarms in some homes in the suburb.

“This is part of good sound safety advice and was identified by our Neighbourhood Policing Team as an initiative the Fire Service could assist with.

“As part of our prevention first approach we’ve been working with Linwood residents and using our presence as an opportunity to provide practical safety tips and solutions.”

Inspector Erasmus said the Fire Service was very receptive to the police approach which illustrates the benefits of emergency services and residents working together on safety and crime prevention initiatives.

“It’s in everyone’s interests to be aware of their surroundings and take some simple and practical crime and general safety steps. We’re not aware of any threat to the Cashel Street property or surrounding homes, but it’s only prudent that we work with residents to provide reassurance and practical safety advice.”

Police investigating the death of Hayden Miles are continuing their scene examination today in a section of Linwood’s Ruru Lawn Cemetery.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Hill said the scene examination is part of an extensive and meticulous investigation which will not be rushed.

Police are unable to comment on specific details of the investigation as this forms part of the court process. Investigators are however working with a forensic pathologist and a formal identification of some remains recovered yesterday will be made in due course.

Hayden’s family will continue to be updated of developments.

Ends : Released by:Kaye Calder, Public Affairs: Police National Headquarters, Tel: 04 460 2986 or mobile 027 241 6305.