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Homicide investigation after injured man dies on Taita street

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Police have launched a homicide investigation after the death of a man who was found on a street in Taita with critical injuries.

The man who died was a 56-year-old from the Bay of Plenty.

A scene examination has continued today and Taita residents can expect to see a continued police presence in the area as the investigation continues.

Police would still like to hear from anyone who has information which could assist, including anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious or concerning in the area overnight between Saturday and Sunday.

Report from RNZ
Investigators are searching a house in Lower Hutt after the death of a man who was found with critical injuries on the roadside nearby.

The man died early yesterday after being discovered at the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent in Taita. Police were working to understand how the man was injured and his death was being treated as unexplained.

A scene guard has been in place overnight and police were at the property this morning.

A neighbour did not want to be interviewed but alerted RNZ to the spot where the body was found.

A large cordon remained in place, encompassing three houses, with a blue police tent, several police cars and other vehicles.

Investigators in white suits were coming in and out of the tent.

News from NZ Police – January 26
Police are investigating the death of a man found with critical injuries in Taita this morning.

Emergency services were called to near the intersection of Futter Grove and Hughes Crescent just after 5.30am. The man was confirmed dead a short time later. Police are working to understand how he was injured and at this stage his death is being treated as unexplained.

We would like to hear from anyone who has information which could assist our enquiries, including anyone who heard or saw anything suspicious or concerning in the area between 5am and 6am this morning.

A cordon is in place at the intersections of Hunter Street and Hughes Crescent, and people are asked to avoid the area where possible.