Man shoves boy against tree in park

Members of the public intervened in a public park near Queenstown when a man shoved a young boy against a tree.

Senior Constable Chris Blackford, of Queenstown, said members of the public intervened at Wilson's Bay on Saturday afternoon when an Asian man pushed a boy, aged about 10, against a tree.

They told the man it was against the law in New Zealand to strike children. The man then drove off towards Glenorchy with a group in a van but the vehicle was not found.

Meanwhile, a group of light-fingered Australian and German freedom campers fell foul of the law after they were reprimanded for setting up camp in Queenstown gardens.

Police spoke to the campers at 3pm on Saturday then a few hours later members of the group were caught shoplifting at Fresh Choice.

One man was given a pre-charge warning for theft while two others were charged with theft and are expected to appear in the Queenstown District Court.

At 5.15am on Saturday, two British men, both 30, were trespassed from Base Backpackers in Shotover St for being rowdy and abusive when they arrived looking for accommodation.

The Southland Times