Man on machete attack charges

Palmerston North police have arrested a 26-year-old man after a machete attack in the central city.

Detective Sergeant Dave Thompson said the attack occurred about 1.10pm on Friday, in Palmerston North's Main Street, near the front of the Work and Income offices.

The Palmerston North man had reportedly been arguing with a 27-year-old man before allegedly striking the other man with a machete.

The victim suffered a serious cut to his arm and was taken to Palmerston North Hospital.

Thompson said police understood the pair knew each other, but he would not reveal what they were arguing about.

It was not gang-related and police did not believe alcohol was involved.

The weapon was taken out of a car during the course of the argument, and a single blow was delivered to the man's upper arm.

Following the incident, the 26-year-old man got into a car and left the scene, while the injured man stumbled up to a nearby alleyway, where he was treated by St John Ambulance staff.

His alleged attacker will appear in the Palmerston North District Court today on a charge of wounding with intent to injure.

He also faces several unrelated charges.

Last year, Dannevirke man James Mason was jailed for 6 years for attacking another man with a machete while the pair were drinking at a party in 2012.

The victim was hit two or three times, suffering injuries to his hand and armpit that required surgery.

Thompson said police would like to hear from witnesses to Friday's attack, which took place at a busy time of day, when there would have been a lot of people out and about.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Scott Rankin at Palmerston North police on 351 3600. Information can also be provided via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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