Austrian tourists robbed in Palmerston North

Last updated 19:40 18/11/2012

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A 19-year-old Palmerston North man will appear in court charged with aggravated robbery after two Austrian tourists were assaulted and robbed in Highbury on the weekend.

Two other men, aged 32 and 34, will appear in court on Thursday charged with unlawfully getting into a stolen motor vehicle in relation to the same incident.

The two male tourists were being driven around the city by one of six passengers who were riding with them in their campervan.

The driver stopped the van at the intersection of Dalwood Grove and Clarke Ave about 1am on Saturday and told the pair to get out.

One of the tourists was assaulted with a bottle, while the other managed to escape and go for help.

The offenders then stole the van, leaving the man lying on the footpath bleeding from the head.

Police tracked down the van on Pitt St, and gave chase when it failed to stop.

A short time later, the van crashed on Bourke St and its six occupants arrested.

Police investigations into the incident are ongoing.

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- Manawatu Standard

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