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Indecent Assaults in Papakura

Indecent Assaults in Papakura

Counties Manukau Police are investigating a series of five indecent assaults on women in the Papakura area since December last year. All of these offences have occurred on either a Sunday or a Monday and Police believe the same male is involved.

He is described as being a Maori or Pacific Islander, aged 12 – 16 years and of thin build. On 3 occasions he has been on a bicycle.

"These brazen assaults are very distressing and frightening for the victims," says Detective Colin Welsh. "We need to apprehend this offender as soon as possible to ensure he does not have the opportunity to do this to anyone else."

Similar incidents were reported in Pukekohe and Papakura between December 2012 and March 2013 but stopped until recently. Police fear there may be more victims and encourage anyone who has had a similar experience in either of these areas to contact them immediately.

People walking alone, particularly in unfamiliar areas are advised to avoid dark and isolated places, keep your cell phone where you can reach it and if possible walk in view of traffic or other pedestrians.

"Dial 111 immediately if you see suspicious activity so that Police can respond and prevent a crime before it occurs," says Detective Welsh.

If you have any information call Detective Colin Welsh on 09 295 0323 or to provide information anonymously contact the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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