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Two teenagers who are
said to have been seen
stealing copper spouting
from a Pt England house
have been arrested and
Senior sergeant Hirone
Waretini says police were
called when two men
were seen on the roof of
an unoccupied house on
Riverside Ave, Pt England
as they removed the
copper spouting at 4am
''They were cutting it
from its mounts, folding
it up and putting it on the
He says the men ran
away when they were
disturbed by the
Police officers found and
arrested the men on a
Two Glen Innes men, a
17 and 18-year-old, have
been charged with
burglary and appeared in
the Auckland District
Court on Friday.
The average selling price
of homes in the East and
Bays Courier's circulation
area in 2011 was
$756,000, the highest
for any geographic
location in the city,
according to Barfoot &
Thompson. During the
year 224 properties sold
for in excess of $1
million. The suburbs
where most sales
occurred in 2011 were
Remuera, Mt Wellington
and St Heliers.
Ladies Bay no haven for
sunbathing in the buff
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Aucklanders keen to sunbathe in
the buff this summer will have to
do so in private if they don t want
to break the law.
Controversy has erupted over
nude beachgoers at St Heliers
Ladies Bay, prompting complaints
from visitors who want Auckland
Council to put up warning signs.
But the council says no beaches
in Auckland are clothing optional
including Ladies Bay. However, it
is considering putting up signs
after discussions with police.
The council and police patrol
the area to deter nudity which is
an offence under the Summary
Under the act anyone deli-
berately and obscenely exposing
themselves in a public place can
be fined up to $2000 or up to three
months imprisonment for in-
Glen Innes acting senior ser-
geant Beth Houliston says no
arrests have ever been made for
nudity at Ladies Bay and most
offenders get away with a warn-
Generally it s just speaking to
the people and pointing out the
fact they can t be down there with-
out their clothes, that it is
indecent, and asking them to put
their clothes back on.
She says police do not receive
many complaints about nudity at
the beach but any received are fol-
According to the website of
nudist organisation Free Beaches,
Ladies Bay used to be the most
popular urban spot for nude
But the website no longer rec-
ommends the beach to members,
saying it has attracted unsavoury
behaviour in recent years.
In 2008 residents of Cliff Rd,
which overlooks the beach, com-
plained of men committing
indecent acts near young children,
couples copulating while men
watched on, and one man flashing
his genitals to a young boy having
According to Orakei Local
Board member Colin Davis, police
stepped up patrols in the area sev-
eral years ago in response to anti-
social behaviour, not just limited
to nudity, but also including
drinking and boy racers.
He says he has not received
many complaints about nudity at
the beach in recent years.
Mr Davis says the former Auck-
land City Council rejected past
requests to put up signs telling
people to keep their clothes on at
the bay because it did not fall
under any council bylaws.
Last week a naked sunbather at
Ladies Bay said it had been
known as a nude beach since the
1920s and said the practice was
Ladies Bay is one of several
frequented by nudists. Free
Beaches lists Pohutukawa Bay on
the North Shore, Mellons Bay in
Howick and Herne Bay among
other nudist-friendly spots.
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