North Shore Times : February 14th 2014
stuff .co.nz Friday, February 14, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER aucklandnz.com/lantern 13-16 FEBRUARY 2014 ALBERT PARK • QUEENS WHARF Heartbreak for rider By SIMON MAUDE A YOUNG rider is likely to give up showjumping after losing vital gear in a theft. Greenhithe Pony Clubbers Sophia Newth and her sister Ella had more than $7000 worth of equipment stolen. Showjumping is unsafe without a suitable competition saddle, mum Fiona Newth says. Sophia’s competition horse Tonto has been put up for sale. The break-in happened at the pony club just before Christmas. The thieves got away with more than $10,000 worth of gear, including Sophia and Ella’s equipment, and they injured an already hurt horse. But club president Carrie Walker says members have been buoyed by a range of public donations. An open day and a raffle sponsored by businesses, raised more than $1500 while Birkenhead’s Abraccia School of Dance hosted a theme night raising another $500. Equestrian suppliers have jumped in and donated gear to the hard-hit Newth sisters. Dairy Flat couple Mark and Ronelle Trumper heard about the girl’s plight and supplied $500 worth of gear. ‘‘How would we feel if it happened to us? It was great to be able to help out,’’ Mr Trumper says. An anonymous donor and retailer Saddlery Warehouse gave another $700 of gear between them. But it’s unlikely to be enough to keep Sophia’s showjumping career alive. However her mum Fiona Newth is amazed by the response to their plight. ‘‘It’s been wonderful, it’s tied us over, it’s such a positive thing,’’ she says. But a modified stand-in saddle isn’t suitable, despite hundreds being spent on it, Ms Newth says. ‘‘It’s not like getting a pair of shoes.’’ The Newths remain grateful for the help, saying thank you with cards and home-baking. Chelsea Thorowgood, brand manager for the Saddlery Warehouse, says she really appreciated their gesture. ‘‘It was such a good feeling, they came in and they were so happy,’’ she says. Reluctant sale: Muchappreciated donated equipment can’t replace a stolen competition saddle for Sophia Newth so her horse Tonto is being sold. Police warn residents of dodgy door knocking By MARYKE PENMAN Door knockers pretending to be from power companies are causing concern on the North Shore. Police have received at least three reports of men approaching Glenfield and Beach Haven residents claiming to be from Contact or Meridian Energy. In one instance a man posing as a Contact Energy worker took a resident’s Genesis Energy bill and said he would return with a better electricity quote. Glenfield police Constable Grant Kenny says the culprits do not have the usual employee identification. Mr Kenny is warning homeowners to stay on high alert. ‘‘Don’t be afraid to ask people who come to your home and claim to be service providers for ID. ‘‘Genuine people will not be offended and will show you their accreditation,’’ he says. Mr Kenny says it is wise to lock the door if you have to pop back into your house to get something. The alleged conmen are described as two caucasians in their mid to late 20s. A young Indian man has been reported to be acting alone in a similar incident. Mr Kenny has posted a warning on his community constable Facebook page. On February 4 a man posted a comment saying his father-in-law, a Birkdale resident, received a suspicious phone call he believes may be related. ‘‘He said a woman phoned and asked, in broken English, ‘we are a maintenance company and in Verbena Rd, do you need any maintenance?’. ‘‘Before he could ask the company or any questions she hung up on him.’’ The man says the phone line was echoing as if the caller was just outside. ‘‘I told him that maybe people were trying to case if he was home or not.’’ ❚ Call police on 477 5000 if you are concerned about suspicious behaviour around your home.
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