Man arrested following serious assault on elderly man in Hastings

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A man has been arrested following a serious assault in Hastings where an elderly man was taken to hospital.

Police say the injured man, who is in his 70s, was assaulted in the King St/Heretaunga St area on Sunday morning.

Members of the public called emergency services and provided first aid until an ambulance arrived. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

"Members of the public also followed the alleged offender and assisted Police in locating him nearby," police say.

"As a result, a 27-year-old man was quickly arrested."

He will appear in the Hastings District Court on Monday facing three assault charges stemming from this incident.

Police also thanked those who helped and enabled a "swift resolution" to the incident.

"We also ask anyone who witnessed the assault, and has not yet spoken to police, to get in touch."

People can call police on 105 and quote event number P046841854.