Crime really did pay in 1980s Porirua.

In 1984 the Kapi-Mana News launched a “Secret Witness programme” that offered to swap cash for crims.

Those with inside knowledge on nefarious activities could trade information for rewards, put up by local businesses.

While Barry Meynell harvested “a vegetable anyone would be proud of” with his 28cm-long zucchini, police discovered “a tall flowering cannabis plant”in a Titahi Bay Garden.

Constable Dennis Mahoney “was dwarfed by the two metre high plant,” the paper reported.

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