Family plea for public to come forward after Auckland CBD 'ambush' hospitalised five

A mother whose son and other family members were injured in a violent ambush in Auckland's CBD is pleading for bystanders to come forward.
A group of 13 family and friends were out celebrating a 50th birthday at a central Auckland karaoke bar when they were allegedly attacked caught unaware from behind by a group wielding hammers and bottles about 1.40am on Saturday.

Melinda Morris 28-year-old son was knocked out and left bruised and battered with a swollen black eye and five men were hospitalised following the incident, she said.

Morris said the family were bewildered by the chaotic incident, which saw more than one person knocked unconscious, and was appealing for witnesses to the attack outside St Patricks Cathedral on Wyndham St to share footage with police.

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Other people in the group sustained fractures; one is now on crutches and another has a broken nose, she said.

The family's 75-year-old nana was also knocked to the ground, scraping skin off her knee and elbow.

Its a really horrible situation, Morris, who was not with the group at the time, said.

The group had been having a great night up until that point, and said the incident really took the wind out of their sails.

The unprovoked attack occurred near St Patrick's Cathedral in Wyndham St.

Morris said police had been slow to make contact with the family to get statements from those involved, or to update them on the investigation.

She called for more action, and questioned whether we are so under-resourced that victims of these crimes aren't getting any support.

Morris said there were a number of bystanders who filmed the incident, and some who had pulled over while driving to help.

She pleaded that anyone who saw anything share it with police, and wanted their experience to come as a warning to others.

Police said an investigation into the disorder incident was underway, and officers were following a number of lines of inquiry.

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Police asked anyone with information about the incident to contact the 105 number. (generic photo)

Police spoke to a number of witnesses at the scene as part of its preliminary inquiries, and a scene examination had been completed, a spokesperson said.

A number of exhibits had been collected, and would be sent for forensic examination, they said.

Officers were also exploring whether CCTV footage of the incident is available.

The victims who have now been discharged from hospital will be spoken to as part of the ongoing investigation, they said.

We will also be contacting those family members who have been in touch with police to update them on our progress.

The spokesperson asked anyone with information about the incident to contact police on 105, and quote file number 210320/9688.


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