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Calling for witnesses to inner harbour assault

GISBORNE police want to hear from witnesses to a serious assault which occurred near the port area in the city late on Saturday afternoon.

It happened near the intersection of Wainui Road and The Esplanade, by the inner harbour at about 5.30pm last Saturday afternoon.

“We believe the incident may have been witnessed by passing motorists and pedestrians,” police said.

The victim is a 22-year-old local man.

“He was admitted to hospital afterwards with a fractured eye socket, which will require surgery at Waikato Hospital,” police said. “He is currently recovering at home awaiting surgery.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Detective Constable Paul Conyers of the Gisborne CIB.