Napier man arrested on indecent assault charge

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Hawke's Bay Police have arrested a 29-year-old Napier man in relation to the indecent assault of a woman last weekend. 

The incident happened on Burns Road, Napier on Sunday morning, and the authorities have admitted they are continuing to investigate other similar attacks on women around the Hawke's Bay area.

"We have yet to establish if there are connections between them," said Hawke's Bay Area Commander Dave Greig.

"These include incidents in public places in the vicinity of Napier Hill, Taradale, and Havelock North over the last few weeks.

"We have worked long and hard on investigating these assaults, and are pleased today’s arrest has helped progress the investigation.

"We understand the unrest this has caused in the community and we want to reiterate our public safety messages - which includes keeping to well-lit areas where possible, keeping your cellphone close, and ensuring you remain alert and aware of your surroundings.

"We really appreciate the support from the public, as it is their information and willingness to assist us that has helped us get this far in our investigations."

The man is due to appear in Hastings District Court on Saturday, on a charge of indecent assault.

Despite an arrest being made, police continue to ask for further information from the public who may be able to help or who have witnessed any of the assaults that have occurred.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hawke's Bay CIB on: (06) 211 3872.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on: 0800 555 111.

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