Lewis Stanton assaulted while sleeping Trafalgar St

Trafalgar St occupant Lewis Stanton was assaulted early on Monday morning.
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Trafalgar St occupant Lewis Stanton was assaulted early on Monday morning.

Trafalgar St occupant Lewis Stanton was assaulted as he slept early on Monday morning.

A police media spokesperson said an assault took place on Trafalgar St outside Farmers around 5am.

Stanton was still asleep in his usual spot at 9am on Monday. When woken he said he was trying to recover from the incident earlier in the morning. He said he had been asleep at the time, and his memory of the assault was not clear.

"I don't actually remember a hell of a lot about it, but I do know that I was being dragged around and kicked.

"I certainly tried to defend myself."

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Stanton said he was a bit stiff and had a few lumps on his head. He had grazes on his hands and forearms. 

He said a couple of other men that had been sleeping on the street were also involved in the altercation and had made statements to police. 

"I know one of the cleaners came in and tried to stop it. I think one of the sweeper men, he saw what was going down."

St John Ambulance duty shift manager Anne-Maree Harris said it had been called to the incident but no-one was taken to hospital. 

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A man is due to appear in Nelson District Court this morning, charged with assault. 

 - Stuff

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