A man is in hospital following a "vicious assault" in the
heart of Havelock North at 4am yesterday.
Detective Sergeant Craig Vining said the assault, described
as "vicious," happened at 4am yesterday and left the
32-year-old man with facial injuries. A hospital spokesman
said the man was in a stable condition last night.
A crime scene was cordoned and under guard by police on
Porter Drive, beside the CBD public toilets near the Havelock
North Information Centre, yesterday morning.
It was taken down in the afternoon. Mr Vining said police
were "following good lines of inquiry" in relation to the
Havelock North Community Patrol chairman Robin Deacon said
the village was "generally pretty quiet" at night.
The community patrol operates up to 4am, though it was not
aware of the assault.
"I'm quite surprised that something like this has happened.
"The crime activity around the village is a lot less than
when I joined the patrol several years ago. In the last six
to nine months it's been pretty uneventful."
Mr Deacon said much of the night activity in the village
revolved around Turks Sports Bar, Loading Ramp and Diva
Bistro and Bar, which closed between 1am and 3am.
"Of course everybody disperses from there and the ones that
are left walk down to McDonald's. There's been the odd
skirmish in the village, particularly on closing time, but
nothing to the extent [of the assault]."
Havelock North Business Association president Sam Jackman
said he believed the assault was "an isolated incident".
"I think the village generally is a very safe place. We get
antisocial behaviour every now and then, but we're a tight
Patrons at Havelock North's hotels and restaurants were
generally well-behaved, Mr Jackman said, and retailers
"It's unsavoury elements coming into the village, which is
"Police resources are stretched at that time of day and it's
unfortunate this happens in a small community like Havelock
It's not known if the village's CCTV cameras had footage of