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Napier man arrested for indecent assault of woman; investigations continue

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Hawke’s Bay Police this evening arrested a 29-year-old Napier man for the indecent assault of a woman in Burns Road on Sunday morning.

The 29-year-old man is due to appear in Hastings District Court tomorrow, Saturday, on a charge of indecent assault.

We are continuing to investigate other similar attacks on women around the Hawke’s Bay area, and have yet to establish if there are connections between them. These include incidents in public places in the vicinity of Napier Hill, Taradale, and Havelock North over the last few weeks.

Police have worked long and hard on investigating these assaults, and are pleased today’s arrest has helped progress the investigation.

We understand the unrest this has caused in the community and we want to reiterate our public safety messages – which includes keeping to well-lit areas where possible, keeping your cellphone close, and ensuring you remain alert and aware of your surroundings.

We really appreciate the support from the public, as it is their information and willingness to assist us that has helped us get this far in our investigations.

However, despite an arrest being made, we still need further information from the public who may be able to help us, or who have witnessed any of these assaults that have occurred. Anyone with information on these recent assaults, or any other similar incidents, is asked to contact Hawke’s Bay CIB on (06) 211 3872. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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News from NZ Police – November 6
Hawke’s Bay Police are investigating two indecent assaults against women in public places which occurred in Napier and Havelock North yesterday morning.

At approximately 8:45am yesterday a woman walking on Burns Road in Napier was approached by a young man and indecently assaulted by him, before he ran away towards Battery Road.

At around 9:55am, a woman walking on Iona Road in Havelock North was indecently assaulted by a young man who ran away down Breadalbane Road.

Hawke’s Bay Area Commander, Inspector Dave Greig, says Police are very concerned by this offending. “We are investigating each assault thoroughly and have a team of investigators working to establish whether there is any connection between them. We are very focused on supporting the victims and on finding the person or persons responsible for these assaults.”

In particular, Hawke’s Bay Police are seeking the assistance of the public to identify the man in the attached image. Detective Sergeant Jason Crowe describes him as a person of interest in relation to the assault that occurred on Burns Road on Sunday.

“It’s important that we identify and speak to this person as quickly as possible as we believe that he has information relevant to the investigation. If you recognise him please contact Hawke’s Bay CIB as soon as you can,” says Detective Sergeant Crowe

Additionally, Police are wanting to hear from anyone who was in the Burns Road or Iona Road areas around the time of the assaults on Sunday morning and who may have seen anything that could assist the investigation.

“Information provided by members of the community will be critical to resolving these offences and preventing further assaults,” says Inspector Greig. “If you think you have relevant information, please contact Hawke’s Bay Police as soon as possible,” he said.

“If you are approached by a man in a manner such as this, try to shout and scream, because the more noise you make, the more people will notice. If you become a victim, ring 111 as soon as you can, and if you think you’ve witnessed any suspicious behaviour within the Napier Hill, Taradale or Havelock North areas over the last month or so, please don’t hesitate to call Police,” says Detective Sergeant Crowe.

People with information can ring Hawke’s Bay CIB on 06 211 3872, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to remain anonymous.

Our general advice to people to stay safe when out and about is to be aware of your surroundings and of who is around you.

When walking alone at night, follow this advice:

Where possible, always keep to well-lit areas.
Keep bags containing valuables, wallets, purses etc close to your body.
Keep your cell phone where you can reach it.
Walk close to the gutter, not beside shop doorways.
Walk facing the traffic.

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