Preliminary report finds insufficient evidence to substantiate assault allegation

Preliminary report finds insufficient evidence to substantiate assault allegation

National News

Wellington Police say a preliminary report has found there is insufficient evidence tonight to substantiate an allegation of assault arising from an incident during the arrival of China's vice president Xi Jinping at Parliament earlier today.

Inspector Peter Cowan, Wellington City Area Police Commander, said police swiftly investigated a complaint of alleged assault from Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

"Police have spoken to a number of people who witnessed the incident, reviewed available footage, and approached the Chinese delegation who declined to comment with information that might assist the inquiry," Inspector Cowan said.

"Within the timeframes available to us police have decided there is insufficient evidence to substantiate any assault charges at this time."

Inspector Cowan said police will continue with inquiries over the weekend.

Mr Norman has been contacted by police and advised of the preliminary report outcome.

Police will be making no further comment.

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