Tauranga Police investigate serious assault

Bayfair Shopping Centre, where the alleged attack took place. Image: Google Maps.

Tauranga Police are investigating after a Bayfair Shopping Centre employee was the victim of a serious assault on Saturday.

“The man was going for a walk during a break when he was allegedly assaulted by a group of youths near the Farm Street bus interchange just after 3pm,” says Tauranga Area Response Manager Senior Sergeant Nick Lewer.

“We believe these young people have then run back into the shopping centre leaving the victim with a significant eye injury.

“The Farm Street area was busy at that time and we are urging anyone who saw the assault or can help us identify those involved to contact us.”

Police are aware there has been an increase in incidents relating to young people congregating in the vicinity of Bayfair Shopping Centre.

“In response we have increased our presence in this area, and we continue to work with both the shopping centre and local and regional authorities to address these ongoing issues," says Senior Sergeant Lewer.

An investigation is also underway in relation to the alleged intentional damage of a bus on Farm Street just after 5.15pm on Thursday May 12.

Anyone with information in relation to Saturday’s serious assault is asked to contact Police via 105 and quote file number 220514/2327.

Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Pack Mentality

Posted on 16-05-2022 10:21 | By Werty34

This isnt the only one that happened at bayfair in that same location on Saturday, around 5pm where a group of 8 or 9 teenagers attaked 2 other girls waiting for a bus. Unfortunatley if they do get caught ,nthing of consequence will happen to the culprits

No Consequences

Posted on 16-05-2022 05:39 | By Thats Nice

Our young ones are becoming a normal feature in the news now with little consequences. Where or what are the deterrents? This is where it all starts and then a lot of them will move into gangs - so sad.

Treat them like the criminals they are

Posted on 15-05-2022 16:25 | By waiknot

It’s time to treat these young people like the criminal thugs they are. Adult crime, adult penalty. These so called kids are doing their apprenticeship getting ready for even bigger crimes.

No go Zone

Posted on 15-05-2022 15:11 | By Slim Shady

Somewhere else to be avoided. I don’t feel safe anywhere in Tauranga. It’s a hotspot for violence, guns, gangs and meth. Perhaps the Government could stop monitoring Twitter and labelling anybody who has an opinion on Co-Governance as a Nazi and instead deal with all the violence?

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