Naked man near Tawa school

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Po­lice have ar­rested a 32-year-old man who was seen sit­ting naked in a van in Tawa this month.

Par­ents of school­child­ren were asked to be on the look­out af­ter two chil­dren saw the man in Dun­can St near Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate on Fe­bru­ary 8.

The man was ar­rested on Fe­bru­ary 17 and charged with per­form­ing an in­de­cent act. He was also charged in re­la­tion to a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in Wil­ton.

Both in­ci­dents hap­pened over Wai­tangi week­end and po­lice said in­ves­ti­ga­tions would con­tinue to see if the man was linked to other re­ported in­ci­dents around the Welling­ton re­gion.

Staff at Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate School were in­formed of the Tawa in­ci­dent, which in­volved two chil­dren.

Prin­ci­pal Bren­don Hen­der­son said the chil­dren were not pupils at the in­ter­me­di­ate, but the in­ci­dent was of con­cern.

‘‘All chil­dren get taught how to keep them­selves safe. Par­ents need to re-en­force the not talk­ing to strangers rule and make sure their chil­dren know what to do if some­thing does hap­pen.’’

The Tawa in­ci­dent was one of sev­eral in re­cent months in the area.

In Septem­ber, Tawa In­ter­me­di­ate School emailed par­ents about a man who had fol­lowed pupils mak­ing their way to school along Dun­can St. In mid-Au­gust, a man known to po­lice ap­proached two chil­dren from Red­wood School. He was later ar­rested.

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