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Police relaxed about low-risk wrongdoers

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/11/2016

Evacuees stranded by an earthquake in the New Zealand coastal town of Kaikoura are taken back to Christchurch. © Reuters Evacuees stranded by an earthquake in the New Zealand coastal town of Kaikoura are taken back to Christchurch. Police say they're taking an unusually relaxed approach to Kaikoura people with arrest warrants out against them.

"Unless we have grave concerns about the types of people subject to warrants we're looking for ways to make sure we can perhaps keep them in the community and keep them focused on looking after themselves as opposed to whistling them off to jail," said deputy commissioner Mike Clement.

"We adapt to the circumstances, if it's a matter of not paying a fine we would probably be fairly relaxed about that."

He said there weren't many people in Kaikoura under arrest warrants and there hadn't been any more looting since the freight train incident, when three people were arrested.

"We're aware of home owner concern and we're making sure we have a presence," he said.

"Those (looters) won't be in the category for a lax attitude."

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