'Creepy' man looking for a pash in Northwood

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 17:42 28/11/2013

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An "over-friendly" man has been harassing women in Northwood by trying to kiss them.

Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said police had received a couple of calls in recent weeks from residents reporting unwanted attention from a middle-aged man.

"At this stage there's no indication that any criminal offending has occurred. But we'd like to identify this man and have a chat to him about his behaviour."

Last month a woman reported being approached at a park in Northwood by "a foreign male" in his 50s or 60s, who tried to kiss her, Archer said.

In a similar incident on Monday, a woman was at the playground on Northwood Blvd with her two children aged two and three.

She reported that an older foreign man walked over to where her children were playing, took her hand and kissed her on the cheek.

He later made another attempt to kiss her.

"She told him she did not want him to kiss her, and the man left the area, walking west along Northwood Boulevard," Archer said.

The woman was unsure about the man's intentions, but found his behaviour "a little creepy".

"These two incidents are very similar, and the same person may be involved in both.

"There may be nothing sinister in his actions - but we would like him to come forward, or for others to identify him, so we can talk to him and make him aware that his attentions are unwelcome."

The man is described as possibly Asian or Pacific Islander, aged in his 50s or early 60s, about 167cm (5ft 6in) tall, and with grey balding hair.

Anyone who has been approached by the man, or has any information about him, is asked to contact Christchurch police on 03 363 7400 or can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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