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Teen arrested over attack on 87-year-old

Police have released this graphic photo of an 87-year-old Waikanae man's bloody injuries after he was attacked by a group of teens. Photo / supplied
Police have released this graphic photo of an 87-year-old Waikanae man's bloody injuries after he was attacked by a group of teens. Photo / supplied

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested over an attack that left an elderly Kapiti Coast man with serious injuries.

The 87-year-old confronted a group of teenagers who were jumping in the bushes at the front of his Waikanae Beach property on Saturday night.

He asked them to move along, but one of the youths allegedly verbally abused him, saying, "Who's going to make us?"

The teenager then allegedly hit the man, pushing him off-balance onto the road.

Neighbours said the man was left distressed and bleeding profusely from the head.

Detective Matt Campbell said police had arrested a 16-year-old boy in Tauranga this morning.

The teenager appeared in the Tauranga Youth Court at midday, charged with injuring with reckless disregard.

He was remanded on bail to reappear on April 30.

Information from Waikanae locals had helped police identify the teenager believed to be responsible.

Mr Campbell said it was unacceptable for elderly residents to have to deal with drunk youths on or around their properties.

"There are many good young people around, but we know that alcohol and youth is not always a good mix and that alcohol is a key driver of crime."

Police were working hard alongside communities to ensure everyone could be safe and feel safe, he said.

- APNZ

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