Northwood pasher strikes again

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 15:33 03/12/2013

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Northwood's "over-friendly" man has struck again, this time trying to kiss a woman who had a young child with her. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said police had received a fourth complaint about unwanted attention from the middle-aged man, all within the last few weeks. 

The latest complainant said the man approached her in Waterford Reserve, on Northwood Blvd, about 3.30pm on Friday. 

He engaged her in conversation and when he went to leave, tried to give her a peck on the cheek. 

Archer said women had found his behaviour "too friendly" and "a little bit weird".

"We're still trying to locate this person and ascertain what his motives are, if any," he said. 

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

"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 last 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 Blvd," Archer said.

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

"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."

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

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