Man attacked in park

Police are appealing for information after a man was violently attacked in an unprovoked assault in central Queenstown early on Friday morning.

Police believe the victim, a 32-year-old Queenstown man, was knocked unconscious after being approached by a stranger who set upon him as he walked home through Earnslaw Park at 2.40am.

Detective Matt Jones, of Queenstown, said the victim's memory was a little hazy but he could recall a man shouting at him as he walked across the park in the centre of Queenstown.

The attacker, described by the victim as a 1.8m-tall Irishman in his mid-20s with gingery hair, pushed the man around before wrestling him to the ground and kicking him in the back of the head at least twice.

The victim may have lost consciousness because the next thing he could recall was four or five strangers standing over him trying to help him, Mr Jones said.

The group, which included at least one female, helped the man to a park bench until he was able to make his way to the police station to report the assault.

CCTV cameras captured part of the assault, including footage of the victim being kicked twice, but police were unable to identify the offender from the footage, Mr Jones said.

''We are going to look through other footage and see what we can find.''

Police believe at least one member of the group that came to the victim's aid knew the identity of the offender.

The victim told police he heard someone tell a person called "Seamus" there were cameras everywhere and he had better run, he said

''Someone knows who he is.''

The victim, who was left with a sore neck and head, turned down police offers for medical attention, Mr Jones said.

Anyone with information relating to the attack should contact Queenstown police on (03) 441 1600.

The Southland Times