Bay no longer safe
I have lived in Titahi Bay bay for 26 years and have always felt safe to go for walks on my own no matter what time in the day – not any more.
On Friday, July 20, I decided to walk to Whitehouse Rd, for nothing special, just a walk in the sun after being stuck indoors for two weeks with bronchitis.
As I entered Whitehouse Rd, a tall, rather scruffy teenager approached me, smiling as if he knew me. He said hello, I returned his gesture. As he passed me he gave my right shoulder a push to put me off-balance, he then grabbed my wallet. But what he didn’t know, the strings of the wallet were wrapped around my fingers and thumb of my right hand.
In order to get what he wanted, he wrenched my wallet severely from my hand, leaving me with the strings of the wallet wrapped around my painful fingers.
He then took off with my bank card, my gold card, my reading glasses and $10. He took off along the main road, heading towards the inlet like a marathon runner. I called out for help several times but no-one was around – it was very quiet.
Rather than risking having another stroke I decided to let it go and called into my friend and she called the police.
The police and Victim Support have been great to me as this experience has traumatised me, lowering my selfesteem.
So please be more aware that the Bay is not what it used to be.
NAME WITHHELD, Titahi Bay.