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Operation Mist (A kidnapping Foiled!)
In July 2002, when vistors to Rimataka Forest Park came across a hidden bunker, complete with food and breathing hole they contacted Upper Hutt police. Operation Mist was launched.
The case climaxed less then two weeks later when police and serious crime investigators foiled the kidnapping as it was meant to be taking place. 3 arrests were made and a sawn off shotgun was retrieved. Let our Crime Timeline keep you up to date as the case progresses...

27 April 2003 - Trial Begins
Trail begins against John Arthur Burrett and nephew Matthew Norman Payne   read story...
19 August 2002 - All three accused reappear in court
Burrett, Phillpott and Payne reappeared briefly today in front of Judge Dale Clarkson.   read story...
29 July 2002 - three appear in court
All three arrested appear together in court handcuffed together, name suppression lifted for other two accused  read story...
26 July 2002 - Name suppression order upheld
Judge Hammond rules the suppression order would remain in force  read story...
25 July 2002 - Alleged victim named on English Web site
Overnight report from England was posted claiming that it named the victim and the other two men arrested  read story...
25 July 2002 - 3rd man appears in court, suppression order challenged
52-year-old Barrister and property developer John Arthur Burrett of Upper Hutt appears in court   read story...
24 July 2002 - Planned kidnap victim granted name suppression
Wellington High Court issues suppression order on the name, address, occupation and particulars leading to the identity of the planned kidnap victim  read story...
23 July 2002 - Two appear in court
Two of the arrested Upper Hutt men appear in Court. Third man undergoes treatment for dog bites received during the arrest  read story...
22 July 2002 - kidnapping plot foiled
Police and serious crime investigators foil kidnapping plot in the lower Kelburn Area of Wellington. Three arrests were made and a sawn-off shotgun was recovered.   read story...
10 July 2002 - Plywood bunker uncovered, 'Operation Mist' launched
'Operation Mist' launched after members of the public stumbled across a bunker in the Rimutaka Forest Park  read story...

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In July 2002, when vistors to Rimataka Forest Park came across a hidden bunker, complete with food and breathing hole they contacted Upper Hutt police. Operation Mist was launched.

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