News from NZ Police
Wellington Police are continuing to investigate sexually motivated attacks which occurred over Easter in the Kelburn-Te Aro area.
They have been working closely with Wellington City Council and the University on safety improvements in the area including cutting back foliage, installing brighter LED lighting, getting CCTV in place and increasing Police and security patrols.
While there have been no further attacks in the area since Easter, Police have been able to identify two previous incidents that may be related. The first was on 22 March at around 10.15pm when an unknown man grabbed an 18-year-old woman on the arms on the Boyd-Wilson walkway near Te Aro School; this young woman struggled free within a few seconds and ran to a nearby friend’s address.
The second was on 10 April at around 6.30pm when another 18-year-old woman was walking past the Kelburn Park carpark and was approached by an unknown man who grabbed her arm from behind. The woman fought back and ran away.
Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel says “As well as making safety improvements in the area, we have been working with the victims in these incidents to ensure that any similarities or connections are thoroughly investigated. Alongside the investigation, our CBD Neighbourhood Policing Team have also been working with the student’s association to reassure them.”
“Police have previously released an identikit image from one description and are asking the public to look at it closely and contact Police if they can recall anyone with similar features being in the Kelburn-Te Aro area.”
The man is described as Caucasian aged 25 to 30, approximately 180cms tall with a medium build and light coloured facial hair.
Tonight, the crime show Police Ten-7 will feature new information to help identify the man. Police Ten-7 can be viewed at 7.30pm on TV2.
If anyone can provide any information about sightings of someone matching this description or the identikit image in the Kelburn-Te Aro area, particularly at these times please contact the Operation Kelburn investigation team on (04) 381 2000. Information can also be provided anonymously to the Crimestoppers organisation on 0800 555 111.