Support pours in for German tourists beaten and robbed in NZ
WHAKATANE, North Island, New Zealand - Whakatane police have been inundated with offers of support for two German tourists who were beaten and robbed while camping in the eastern Bay of Plenty town.
WHAKATANE, North Island, New Zealand – Whakatane police have been inundated with offers of support for two German tourists who were beaten and robbed while camping in the eastern Bay of Plenty town.
The 18-year-old woman suffered facial and arm injuries including fractures and the 19-year-old man suffered bruising, lacerations and has lost some teeth after being attacked in their tent early on Boxing Day near a skatepark.
New Zealanders are rallying around the couple, police say, with an overwhelming number of calls to Whakatane police station offering donations and accommodation.
“In order to free up the telephone line to the police station, anyone wanting to send a message or offer of support is asked to do this via email,” police said in a statement.
The email address that has been organised to collate these messages is [email protected]
Police are continuing to investigate and have recovered items that are believed to have been weapons used in the assault.
For investigative reasons police are not prepared to confirm what these items are.
The tourists managed to flee to a nearby house to raise the alarm.
When police arrived the attackers, who had been ransacking the tent, fled.
Two were tracked by a police dog and two others were also arrested soon after. A teenage male was still being sought on Thursday afternoon.
The tourists were treated for their injuries in Whakatane Hospital and had been able to speak to their families back in Europe.
“This is an appalling and mindless attack on a young couple and incredibly sad that this will be their lasting memory of Christmas in our beautiful country,” said area commander Inspector Sandra Venables.
She thanked members of the public who came to the couple’s aid.
Some of their belongings have been recovered but police want anyone finding items near the skatepark or the town’s river to hand them in.
Two men and a two youths, a male and a female, have been arrested.