We’re saddened to hear there’s been another violent robbery perpetrated against tourists in New Zealand, this time in the Palmerston North (read all blogs tagged Palmerston North)
A report in gives the Manawatu Standard gives barest details of the attack against two Austrian visitors, one of whom lay bleeding from the head after their campervan was stolen. At least three attackers were involved in the assault, no information is likely to be given out that will confirm if they part of a gang or gang prospects but Highbury does have a reputation for gang-related crime.
A 19-year-old Palmerston North man will appear in court charged with aggravated robbery after two Austrian tourists were assaulted and robbed in Highbury on the weekend.
Two other men, aged 32 and 34, will appear in court on Thursday charged with unlawfully getting into a stolen motor vehicle in relation to the same incident.
The two male tourists were being driven around the city by one of six passengers who were riding with them in their campervan.
The driver stopped the van at the intersection of Dalwood Grove and Clarke Ave about 1am on Saturday and told the pair to get out.
One of the tourists was assaulted with a bottle, while the other managed to escape and go for help… more here
There seems to have been the suggestion that the attack may have been premeditated and the report gave no hints as to why the van driver stopped in this area in the early hours of the morning.
Highbury is described in Wikipedia under Gang-related Crime
- The suburb of Highbury has had the most gang-related, violent crime incidents (including shootings, serious assaults and stabbings) nationwide in the past decade. Members of the Highbury community have attempted to alleviate the negative aspects and perceptions of the suburb, but its violent past has made it known to other residents of Palmerston North as the most dangerous part of the city.”
The junction where the attack took place.
Our advice to tourists in New Zealand is to take every possible care with their personal safety and not to give lifts or rides to strangers: if you wouldn’t do it in your own country never do it in New Zealand.
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