Man‘s hand severed in Taneatua assault
UPDATE 9.45PM: Police are investigating a serious assault which took place on McKenzie St in Taneatua today.
Police were called to reports of an incident two or three houses down from the Gull service station just before 2.30pm.
The assault resulted in a 27-year-old man receiving serious head injuries and one of his hands was severed.
He is currently in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
"Police would like to speak with anyone who either witnessed the incident, or saw a black coloured Great Wall ute in the Taneatua or Ruatoki area this afternoon," says Sergeant Helen Hay.
"We would also like to reassure the community that even though this happened in a public place, we do not believe there is any risk to the wider public."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police via 105 and quote file number 200621/9344.
Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Further updates will be made when available.
Earlier 5.20pm A serious incident resulting in a person receiving injuries this afternoon is being investigated in Taneatua.