Police issue safety warning

A spate of assaults on Sunday morning has Dunedin police urging residents to stay safe in the city.

Senior Sergeant Kelvin Lloyd said there were more assaults than normal on Sunday morning.

A man was charged with assault after he ''king hit'' a man outside McDonald's Restaurant in George St, Snr Sgt Kelvin Lloyd said. The offender had allegedly retaliated to a racist remark.

Dunedin was a safe city but people who drank alcohol were more likely to be victims or offenders, he said.

People should be aware of their own personal safety in the city because assaults were often by groups attacking lone people, Snr Sgt Kelvin Lloyd said.

Police would be patrolling more around Christmas and the new year but people should take precautions to stay safe, he said.

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