An outbreak of arrests for child abuse in South Taranaki has police concerned for the welfare of the district's children.
Four people, one couple and two others, were arrested in the past week for assaulting children between the ages of 5 and 11.
The four were charged with assault on children and will appear in the Hawera District Court today.
To have four arrests within one week was an "unusually high" number for the district, Hawera Senior Sergeant Blair Burnett said. A "couple of weapons" were used against the children but they were not seriously injured.
"We want to warn people that the days of whacking a kid around the bum with a jug cord are long gone."
Mr Burnett said he did not know if people were over-zealous in disciplining their children or if anger management problems were at play.
"Perhaps the person got a little frustrated and then lost their temper," Mr Burnett said.
"If it's anger management issues, then we encourage them to get advice. The child may heal from physical scars but their broken heart will stay," he said.
Contact Hawera police on 06 278 0260 if you know of any cases of child abuse.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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