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www.times.co.nz Howick and Botany Times, Wednesday, October 10, 2012 --- 3 111380-V4 117620 www.lawnheat.co.nz 64a TI RAKAU DRIVE, PAKURANGA Phone 576 5225 OPEN 7 DAYS 121422 FROM $59.95 • Air Filter Service • New Oil • New Spark Plug • Blade Sharpen & Balance • Tune & Clean SPRING Lawn Mower and Chainsaw Repair Help sought over hold-up By Chris Harrowell A PAIR of armed men carry- ing a shotgun and knife alleg- edly demanded cash from a bar manager before feeing in a noisy sports car. The unidentifed robbers walked through the front door of Shiraz Bar in Howick at about 12.40am last Tuesday. The licensed premises on Mead- owland Drive closes to the public at 3am. One of the men was carrying a double-barrelled sawn-off shotgun and the other was holding what’s described as a fshing knife. Detective sergeant Ian McGill, of Counties Manukau East Police’s criminal investigation branch (CIB), says fve patrons were in the bar at the time. “The faces of both robbers were covered,” he told the Times. “They walked the manager to the bar’s offce and demanded money from the safe. They then removed an amount of money. “The bar patrons weren’t approached by the men. No one was injured during the robbery, but the bar manager was threatened by both offenders. The patrons weren’t threatened, but they were aware of what was happening and felt intimidated.” Mr McGill says after taking money from the bar’s safe, the two armed men fed out the front door to a nearby vehicle. Police are yet to identify the offenders who carried out the alleged armed raid, or the vehicle they left the scene in. The male carrying the shotgun is described as Maori or Polynesian, about 173cm tall, and of stocky build. He was wearing dark coloured clothing and a hooded shirt, with a blue bandana covering his face. He was possibly aged in his early 20s and may have had facial hair. The second man was armed with a weapon resembling a fsh- ing knife about 12 inches long. He’s described as being about 178cm tall, of skinny build, possi- bly Maori or Caucasian and with a lighter complexion than his accomplice. He had unkempt long curly hair, is aged in his early 20s, and was wearing dark clothing and a dark bandana covering his face. Mr McGill says the pair’s unu- sual getaway car may provide some clues as to their identities. It appeared to be a silver sports car, similar to a Mazda MX-5, and may have had the letter Z in its registration number plate. “The vehicle had a distinctive sounding engine or exhaust,” Mr McGill says. “It’s described as ‘spluttering’. “We’ve identifed the patrons who were in the bar at the time of the robbery and we are speaking with them. “We want to hear from anyone who may have information on this incident, or the identity of the offenders. “These men had prepared them- selves with clear intent to rob peo- ple and threaten violence. “Fortunately they didn’t use physical violence, as the manager complied with their demands, and no one was injured.” People with information on the armed hold-up at Shiraz Bar in Howick on October 2 can phone Counties Manukau East Police’s CIB on 261-1300, or the Crimestop- pers anonymous tip-off phone line on 0800-555-111. Police are looking for two men who allegedly held up a bar and stole money from its safe last week. Photos supplied ARTISTS Works may sell quickly F ➤ rompage1 Among the nationally recognised artists with works on display are Sheyne Tu ery, Matt Moriarty, Evan Woodru e and Richard Freestone. Representing East Auckand is Pakuranga artist Amber Brook, whose three- dimensional work Surface Deep won the people's choice award at this year's Estuary Artworks competition. She's got nine works on show in 1,2,3, with three in each size category. Among the subjects depicted are a scene of Rocky Bay on Waiheke Island, a little pink pig poking its nose through a wooden fence, butter ies and a tuatara lizard. "I love the colour and iridescence in butter ies. They've always been quite a saleable subject for me," Ms Brook says. "I painted a big pig last year and he's one of my favourite pieces. "I wanted to replicate him, but he's always turned out di erent each time." Ms Brook has worked as a full-time artist and art teacher for the past 10 years and prefers to work with oils and acrylics. The 35-year-old's hoping to sell some of her pieces and says she enjoyed the challenge of working on smaller canvases than she's used to. "I nd that harder, as I like big subjects and pictures," she says. "It's also harder on canvas, as I'm used to painting on big boards, but with these I was able to sit down at night and paint them sitting on my lap. That's an art in itself." Mrs Elliott adds: "Because all the works in this show are a ordable, and will sell quite quickly, I encourage people who want to buy something to come along on the opening night." The 1,2,3 exhibition runs at the arts centre at 35 Uxbridge Road, Howick, from October 26 to November 13. It opens at 6.30pm on October 25. Entry is free and all works are for sale.
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