Ar­rests fol­low Canopies brawl

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Po­lice are vow­ing to make more ar­rests af­ter a fight in­volv­ing more than 30 peo­ple at Porirua’s Satur­day morn­ing mar­ket.

At about 3am on Novem­ber 16, a woman was asked for money and when she re­fused, was as­saulted.

Two peo­ple in­ter­vened to stop the in­ci­dent and more than 30 peo­ple then be­came in­volved in an as­sault on the duo.

Po­lice were called and two ar­rests were made for fight­ing.

One teenager, who had gone to the woman’s aid, is in hos­pi­tal with a bro­ken nose and a frac­tured eye socket af­ter be­ing blind-sided, his fa­ther, Te Mako Orzecki, said.

He did not want to com­ment fur­ther, pre­fer­ring to let po­lice deal with the mat­ter.

His post­ing on the Porirua Face­book page about the in­ci­dent has had 450 com­ments, most damn­ing the ac­tions of a few who­had given the Canopies more bad press.

Kapiti Mana Po­lice area com­man­der de­tec­tive in­spec­tor Paul Basham said crime in Porirua’s city cen­tre had been trend­ing down, so what oc­curred was dis­ap­point­ing’’.

There was an in­ci­dent ‘‘ of this na­ture’’ about eight weeks but there had a sig­nif­i­cant down­turn in the past 12 months.

‘‘We have in­creased our pres­ence in the last three or four months in the CBD [at night] with pa­trols, in­clud­ing at 2am and 3am, and it’s had a very, very pos­i­tive ef­fect on dis­or­der.

‘‘The crime rates are down sig­nif­i­cantly. We’re dis­ap­pointed with what hap­pened and will pur­sue it ro­bustly.

‘‘We hold a dim view of this sort of be­hav­iour, so peo­ple will be held ac­count­able.’’

Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said peo­ple de­served to be safe any­where in their city.

He gave a nod to the in­creased po­lice pres­ence and the re­ported crime fall­ing, ‘‘but un­for­tu­nately it’s ru­ined by one oc­cur­rence of un­think­ing peo­ple’’.

Mr Basham said two de­tec­tives had been as­signed to the case.

He was con­fi­dent more ar­rests would be made be­cause CCTV footage was be­ing checked.

‘‘ in­cred­i­bly

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