An 83-year-old man has been arrested in relation to an indecent assault in Taradale yesterday evening.

At about 5.45pm a woman while walking along Avondale Rd was approached by an elderly man. He offered her fruit and hugged her before he allegedly assaulted the victim and walked off.

The woman was left shaken by the experience and police were currently providing support for the victim.

The man is due to appear in the Napier District Court on Wednesday charged with indecent assault.

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Police would like to hear from anyone who may have been approached by an elderly Indian man in the Taradale area recently.

People are encouraged to contact Detective Constable Damon Horrocks or Detective Sergeant Craig Vining of the Hawkes Bay CIB on (06) 831 0700.