Three teens have been arrested after a Turkish visitor was allegedly befriended, bashed and robbed at a Christchurch beach last night.
The 27-year-old Turkish man, in New Zealand on a working holiday, was allegedly befriended by three teenage males - one aged 19 and two aged 17 - at New Brighton beach, near the pier, at around 7pm yesterday.
Detective Sergeant David Parker says the victim was taken to the beach where he was assaulted and had his wallet and cell phone stolen.
The victim suffered multiple cuts, grazes and bruises to his knees, hands, face and head.
The three teenagers were arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. They are due to appear at Christchurch District Court later this week.
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"The victim has since left the area to take up employment elsewhere in the South Island," Mr Parker said.
"New Zealand is a safe place to visit and New Zealanders are well known as being friendly, approachable and happy to help anyone no matter where they are from.
"However, opportunistic criminals the world over take advantage of situations such as unattended bags at social events, valuables in parked cars or befriending people who are on their own for their own gain.
"This type of violence in broad daylight and in a place that is enjoyed by families, Kiwis and overseas visitors is unacceptable. Police would like to thank those that provided CCTV imagery and information.
"Senseless actions such as these will not be tolerated and police encourage anyone who witnesses such behaviour to call 111 straight away so those responsible can be held to account."