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Police go extra mile to help Lions fans

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/06/2017

Christchurch police are stepping in to help two unlucky British and Irish Lions fans who had their tickets to the Crusaders match nicked from their campervan the day of the match.

Police said the British couple parked their campervan on Christchurch's Lichfield St to go for a meal with their New Zealand-based daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren at 3pm on Saturday.

When they returned, they found the vehicle had been broken into and their passports and tickets to the Crusaders and other Lions games had been stolen.

After reporting the incident to police, officers took the couple to AMI Stadium and organised replacement tickets.

"Staff also gave the young children soft-toy police dogs, arranged for the campervan to be parked at the station overnight so the family would feel safe, and put the visiting couple in touch with the British High Commission for further assistance," says Canterbury District Commander Superintendent John Price.

Mr Price said the couple had recorded the numbers of the stolen tickets and police were pursuing several lines of enquiry.

"I don't think they could believe what we were doing to help, but we were happy to get them to the game and to do what we can to provide assistance."

Meanwhile, police said they were very pleased with the behaviour of the crowd at the Crusaders match on Saturday night, with only one arrest for trespass.

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