Kawhia Assault Release 3: Help Sought With Identification
Kawhia Police assault release 3
Waikato Police investigating a serious assault on a sole-charge officer in Kawhia on Friday evening say they need the public's help in identifying a man wearing a blue shirt involved in the attack.
Detective Sergeant Steve Hudson of the Te Kuiti CIB said a team of Police had been working in Kawhia today, speaking to witnesses as they work to build an accurate picture of what took place during the attack at the local wharf about 6pm.
"One of the things we have identified as a priority is identifying a person of interest, described only as a male wearing a blue top or shirt who was seen to run across the road to the wharf and knock the officer to the ground early in the incident.
"We would very much like to speak to anyone able to offer any further information on this person, on his identity or what he looked like. At the same time we are again appealing for anyone who took photos or video on their cell phones of the incident to please come forward."
Mr Hudson said the officer at the centre of the attack is recovering with a saw hip one of his more pressing injuries along with bruises and grazing to his face and arms.
"The officer is grateful for the support show by a number of people both from within Police and the wider community however he has asked that his privacy be respected.
"We have spoken to several witnesses yesterday and today and the course of events has become clearer and we anticipate speaking to several more people over the coming days."
If you have information on the identity of the officer's attackers or you have any images taken of the incident, please contact Waikato Police on 07 858 6200.
Alternatively, information can be left anonymously
with Crimestoppers on 0800