Two takeaway meals followers have been nabbed as they tried to cross the border into locked-down Auckland with $100,000 in money and a automobile boot stuffed with KFC.
Whereas restrictions in the remainder of New Zealand have been eased firstly of September, Auckland stays underneath strict stage 4 lockdown, which incorporates quick meals retailers being closed.
Police stated the pair, who’re identified gang associates, had been making an attempt to enter the town however have been pulled over after they noticed a suspicious automobile travelling on a gravel highway and the driving force instantly did a U-turn.
The 2 gang related have been pulled over making an attempt to smuggle in some Kentucky Fried Hen (pictured) to locked-down Auckland the place quick meals retailers have been closed for 5 weeks
Officers searched the automobile, which had been pushed from Hamilton – an hour-and-a-half away – and located the substantial amount of money and the boot filled with takeaway luggage of the Colonel’s best recipe.
‘The car was searched and police positioned the money, alongside empty ounce luggage and a considerable amount of takeaways,’ police stated.
The 2 males, aged 23 and 30, are set to look in court docket for breaching the general public well being order however police stated additional fees are additionally seemingly and an investigation is ongoing.
Since Auckland was positioned on alert stage 4 in early August greater than 86 folks have been charged with 90 offences linked to breaching restrictions.
Of these, 73 fees have been failing to adjust to a COVID-19 order, 14 have been for failure to adjust to a path or restriction, one for failing to cease, and two for assaulting, threatening, hindering, or obstructing and enforcement officer.
The pair additionally had $100,000 in money of their automobile with police saying an investigation is underway
Auckland has been with out takeaway KFC for 5 weeks so the pair determined to smuggle some into the town (pictured)
From Wednesday, 1.7 million residents within the Auckland area have shifted to a stage three after 5 weeks within the robust stage 4 setting.
Stage three permits for extra companies – together with development and manufacturing – to open, for colleges to return, and for eating places and cafes to serve takeaways.
Aucklanders are determined for the shift after they’ve suffered by way of 5 lockdowns in the course of the pandemic, enduring 117 days and counting underneath lockdown orders.
On Tuesday, Director Normal of Well being Ashley Bloomfield reported 14 new circumstances locally, together with 4 in Whakatiwai.
Dr Bloomfield stated he anticipated case numbers would ‘rumble alongside a bit’ after which ‘we’re anticipating them to say no’.
Auckland (pictured) was in stage 4 lockdown however this eased to stage three on Wednesday