Thursday, May 30, 2024

Police to crack down on Lower Hutt CBD violence

A highly visible Police presence is set to be rolled out in the Lower Hutt CBD in the coming months, thanks to an operation targeting youth disorder and violence in the Bunny Street area.

Starting 1 December, from the early evening until the early hours, Police will be out on foot working to deter anti-social and harmful behaviour, with a Mobile Police Base also to be set up on Bunny Street.

Te Awa Kairangi Hutt Valley Area Commander Inspector Dion Bennett says the number of recent violent incidents in the CBD is totally unacceptable.

“We must stop the violence and intimidation – members of our community have the right to go about their business and feel safe,” he said.

“Police have been conducting extra foot patrols recently and we know this has had an effect. This operation will bring an even greater Police presence to Lower Hutt streets.

“Over the holiday period, there will be more people about, so we want to ensure that we are highly visible and available over that busy time.

“We will continue working with our community partners on long-term solutions to these issues – we all want to be safe and feel safe.”

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