Update on Dunedin incidents

Update on Dunedin incidents

Southern

Dunedin CIB are continuing to investigate  the three events that occurred last week; those being the Ross Creek assault, the Strathallan Street homicide, and the assault on a cyclist.

“Our staff are readily equipped to deal with these serious incidents,” says Detective Inspector Darryl Sweeney. “They’ve worked tirelessly over the last week to follow many lines of inquiry and continue to make progress in all three cases.

“While our staff are making good progress, we are still asking the public for help with each case. We are urging anyone who has any information and is yet to contact police, to please do so. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could be crucial to helping police bring these offenders to justice.”

Information on any case can be given to Dunedin Police by calling the police station on 03 471 4800. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously via the organisation Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Inspector Kelvin Lloyd, Acting Area Commander: Otago Coastal, is also aware of the sentiments which are being felt around the Dunedin community.

“I’m aware there are quite a lot of concerned residents across the Dunedin area who are worried about the incidents over the last week. I can’t reiterate enough that we have an experienced and professional group of staff who are working extremely hard to resolve each of these cases.

“I can confirm these cases are in no way linked to each other. For operational reasons, and while a homicide investigation is ongoing, I'm not in a position to explain in detail why they're not linked, but the information police currently have strongly indicates this is the case."

Mr Lloyd would also like to reassure the community that talks of this being a ‘crime spree’ are unfounded.

“While it is unusual for Dunedin to see this type of crime happening within a short period of time, it is key for the public to remember we have a very capable team of police staff who continuously work to keep our communities safe.”

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Released by Nic Barkley, Southern District Communications Manager, 021 192 2813