Actors injured in drunk assault

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2014

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Assaults have hampered a fundraising effort in Studholme.

The Maize Maze, brainchild of farmer Rory Foley, opened on Valentine's Day but ran into trouble on Saturday when two actors were assaulted during a night-time event.

The R16 event was set in 1.4 hectares of twists and turns with actors, makeup artists and horror buffs taking part in a showcase to benefit Cancer Society South Canterbury.

However, it appeared five people, apparently intoxicated, had made their way through the front entrance and assaulted two actors during the course of the programme.

One of the actors was kicked in the face and suffered a black eye and the other was left with a bruised face when a corn cob was hurled by one of the group, Mr Foley said.

The gates were locked immediately when the actors notified him about 11pm, but the group escaped, he said.

"They also destroyed a lot of corn, got into a car and disappeared."

Mr Foley said he then called Waimate police.

"We've had to put more security on; it was cowardice. I almost decided to pull the plug because safety comes first; I've had huge support and don't want to let the cowardly actions of five others spoil it for everyone else," Mr Foley said.

"It's all for charity and I want to say security will be beefed up; the paramount is that my actors can feel safe."

He said $3100 had been raised for the charity over the two nights, plus $500 from the day events.

Waimate police were not available for comment yesterday on the incident.

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- The Timaru Herald

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