Student assaults in Auckland CBD on the rise

  • 29/03/2016

Auckland police are concerned by the number of robberies involving international students that have occurred in the last week.

Four separate incidents have taken place. Police have made arrests in relation to two, but are still looking for the offenders who initiated the other attacks.

One of the attacks was on a student in Oakley Creek last Thursday. Police would like to hear from anyone who may know the people pictured.

Student assaults in Auckland CBD on the rise

Another incident happened in Albert Park last Tuesday evening, where two women were attacked and robbed. Police would like anyone who saw the attack to call them urgently.

The most recent of the attacks happened yesterday, when four youths tried to steal a handbag from a young woman walking along Khyber Pass in Newmarket.

The woman was pushed to the ground, and the offenders, aged between 12 and 14, were arrested and referred to Youth Aid.

Inspector Joe Tipene, the officer in charge of Maori, Pacific and Ethnic Services in the Auckland City District, said there is no evidence to suggest the attacks were linked.

"We would always recommend that people walk in well-lit streets at night and, where possible, stay with other people," he said.

"It is also advisable not to have your personal items on display -- this includes smart phones and other communication devices."