Police are investigating damage to a crane at the controversial Kennedy Point marina location, which developers said could cost $ 50,000 to repair.

The safety on the construction site is improved. Project manager Scott Fickling said the damage to the crane could have “killed numerous lives” if the crane got stuck.

He said the locks on a door that gave access to the 200-ton crane had been deactivated with glue and sand was put into the engine.

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“According to complaints and statements from Heron Construction, the police are now involved and take the impairment of private property very seriously,” Fickling said in a statement.

A police investigation is ongoing after equipment was damaged at the marina.

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A police investigation is ongoing after equipment was damaged at the marina.

The alleged damage and vandalism occurred on or around April 22, he said. Police confirmed that deliberate damage to the equipment had been reported at the time and said an investigation was ongoing.

Inspector Beth Houlston said the behavior was “critically important as its ruthless nature endangers people’s safety”.

Developers are now installing reinforced signage and security fences on-site on land and on water to help track the site’s footprint, he said.

He said the fence won’t get in the way of the resident kororā, or little blue penguins that have their burrows in the breakwater.

Guardians have occupied the beach across from the marina.

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Guardians have occupied the beach across from the marina.

The construction on site – apart from these safety measures – will be interrupted until the result of an application to the High Court for an interim order of the work interruption is available.

This request was made by Save Kennedy Point (SKP) and Mana Whenua and environmental groups who wanted to ensure that the penguins were protected before they started work.

SKP’s Kathryn Voyles said she was in the bay this morning and there was a lot of activity with a lot of security presence and the police boat on the water.

Guardians who have occupied the beach also paddled out in kayaks with signs, she said.

She said she knew nothing about the reported damage and said it was nothing that SKP would ever approve of.

According to Fickling, the damage was found during a routine inspection.