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Parking warden skirmish outside court

TIM DONOGUE AND TOM HUNT
Last updated 14:26 08/07/2014

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A parking warden attacked outside court turned the tables on his assailant, who was taken away in an ambulance with serious head injuries.

The incident happened outside Hutt Valley District Court in Lower Hutt shortly before 11am this morning.

Wellington police spokesman Nick Bohm confirmed there was an altercation between a man and a Hutt City Council parking inspector outside the court house today.

There was an argument and punches were thrown ''but the parking warden has come out better off'', Bohm said.

The warden did not initiate the fight, he said.

The other man, who allegedly started it, hit his head on the pavement and suffered ''fairly serious head injuries''. The warden was treated at the scene while the other man was taken to Hutt Hospital, where police would speak to him tomorrow and possibly lay charges.

Witnesses said there was an earlier skirmish involving two women outside the court.

Suddenly, a man ran towards the street, saw the parking warden and allegedly hit him.

The parking warden then allegedly hit him, knocking him to the ground, the witnesses said.

A Hutt Hospital spokeswoman said the man, in his 50s, was in a stable condition.

Hutt City Council spokeswoman Selina Simcox confirmed there was an incident today between a parking warden and a man.

The council would likely investigate, but for now were leaving it to the police.

The warden was taken home today to recuperate, Simcox said.

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